Brexit: Stephen Barclay says PM's deal is 'dead' if bill fails

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The Conservatives as a Brexit party, being very clear about their objectives are nearly certainly going to have to go into some kind of electoral arrangement with the Brexit Party, otherwise Brexit doesn't happen.

Chuka Umunna, a former Labour MP who defected from the party to set up the centrist Change UK party, said in a tweet that Labour was "offering Theresa May and her Brexit plan a lifeline".

The spokesman said that unless there was an agreement based on "real compromise and movement by the Government" then the WAB would be "based on the same botched Brexit deal that has been rejected three times already by Parliament".

The exact timing is yet to be confirmed as Mrs May is committed during the first week of June to meet Donald Trump on his state visit to Britain and to attend events commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Presumably the PM and ministers have noticed that mortgaging the UK's Brexit future to Jeremy Corbyn is haemorrhaging the Tory vote.

May is now prepared to put a tweaked Brexit deal to a vote in Parliament even if she can not guarantee it will pass.

May will bring the deal back to the House of Commons in the first week of June, seeking the approval of MPs - but the fourth attempt may prove similar to the previous three.

"It is imperative we do so then if the United Kingdom is to leave the European Union before the summer Parliamentary recess".

The EU Parliament elections, which take place on May 23, could provide the flawless litmus test on where public opinion is on Brexit.

At Prime Minister's Questions, Mrs May was challenged by Tory Eurosceptic Peter Bone, who said activists in his constituency favoured a no-deal Brexit and wanted her to quit before the May 23 European elections.

Allies of the Prime Minister attempted to calm Tory fears about the prospect of a damaging split in the party over a customs union - Labour's key demand in the talks.

Bringing the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill forward would allow the prime minister to push ahead with her ambition of delivering Brexit before the summer - despite the lack of agreement so far in the cross-party talks, said BBC political correspondent Iain Watson.

After a marathon Cabinet meeting earlier on Tuesday, ministers agreed to continue the cross-party efforts to break the impasse but stressed it was "imperative" for a Brexit deal to get through Parliament by the summer recess. The United Kingdom is now scheduled to leave, with or without a deal to smooth the exit, by October 31.

Dominic Raab, the UK's Brexit secretary, who was nominally the chief British negotiator for the deal now on the table said on Thursday: " I can not in good conscience support the terms proposed for our deal with the European Union". Her spokesman declined to say whether she would resign if the bill fails. Mr Fox then warned MPs will be left to choose between revoking Article 50 or leaving with no deal if the Bill is voted down.

Politico said the deal is likely to "enshrine into British law" many aspects of the exit deal Eurosceptics within the Tory party will be angry about.

The statement came after talks between May and Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on a possible compromise that would end a deadlock on Brexit in Parliament.

He told the Lords EU Committee: "I think if the House of Commons does not approve the WAB then the (Michel) Barnier deal is dead in that form".