Theresa May invites Boris Johnson and Brexit rebels to No 10 for drinks in desperate bid to win backing for her deal
Boris Johnson was among backbenchers exclusively invited to Number 10 before the rescheduled commons vote on the deal on January 15.
The Prime Minister faces a mammoth task as over 100 conservative MPs are still currently opposed to her plan.
But this is her last chance to get it through Commons after she postponed the the vote back in December.
If she doesn't pass her deal this time around, she could even have to extend Article 50, delaying the Brexit process.
Boris Johnson has been a staunch critic of Mrs May throughout the Brexit process and was present at the Prime Minister's bash tonight, mere hours after writing yet another scathing newspaper column.
He was joined by fellow Brexiteers Iain Duncan Smith and Theresa Villiers, along with Conservative vice chairman James Cleverly.
Tory MP Owen Paterson and the DUP's Nigel Dodd's were also spotted leaving Downing Street tonight, as was Business Secretary Greg Clark.
Although the Prime Minister said she would be revealing more about her three-point plan to win over MPs this week, but she admitted she's still working on getting more from the EU.
Mrs May said the country faces "uncharted territory" if MPs opposed her agreement with the EU when it finally goes before the Commons this week, and a vote next Tuesday.
All the ways May's Brexit strategy could flop in 2019
Here's how she could see her deal collapse at almost any minute – and may face a struggle to stay in power even if she does score an unlikely Brexit win.
VOTE DANGER: MPs will finally vote on the PM's Brexit deal on January 14 or 15.
Dozens of Tories and moderate Labour figures have previously pledged to oppose it – meaning there is a serious danger the deal will fall.
If that happens, Mrs May will have to go back to the drawing board – with just ten weeks to go before Brexit.
NO DEAL DRAMA: If the Commons doesn't approve a withdrawal agreement, Britain will be on course to leave the EU without a deal.
Legally speaking, the UK will quit the bloc on March 29 whether or not there is a deal.
The PM and most ministers are convinced that a No Deal outcome would plunge Britain into damaging chaos – although Brexiteers insist the country could thrive by trading on WTO terms.
REFERENDUM RE-RUN: If Britain is heading towards No Deal, the Commons is likely to try and stop it.
MPs from across the parties would team up to try and force a second referendum which could overturn Brexit altogether.
If Parliament does vote for a repeat of the 2016 referendum, Mrs May will come under intense pressure to hold one despite having previously ruled it out.
ELECTION THREAT: If the PM does succeed in forcing her deal through the Commons, she'll face a new threat from her DUP allies.
They have vowed to oppose the Government in a vote of confidence if the withdrawal agreement is passed in its current form.
That means Jeremy Corbyn could bring down the Tories and trigger a snap election any moment by tabling a formal no-confidence motion.
TOPPLING TORIES: Mrs May held on to her job last month by vowing to quit before the next General Election, due in 2022.
But after 117 MPs voted for her to be kicked out, the PM could face demands to quit earlier than that.
Leadership contenders such as Jeremy Hunt, Boris Johnson and Sajid Javid are already jostling for position in hte race to replace her.
Mrs May was accused of "running down the clock" in an attempt to get her Brexit deal through Commons.
Brexiteers believe it is a deliberate plot to take the process so close to departure day on March 29 that they will have to back her to avoid chaos.
Not only does she face opposition from the likes of Boris Johnson, who believes a no-deal Brexit is what the UK voted for in the 2016 referendum, but many remainers are still hoping for the decision to be put back to the British public.
Many MPs have said they won't vote for Mrs May's deal in order to fight for a second referendum.
Source: Read Full Article