Theresa May’s team is confident it can win the Brexit vote in January even if they have to hold it twice, a source has revealed
The Prime Minister’s team is ‘confident’ it can win the Brexit vote in January even if they have to hold it twice, it has been revealed.
Rebel MPs are also said to have come under fire for undermining Theresa May and the tone from Eurosceptics is softening giving hope for a deal being done.
However some MPs are proving more difficult to get on board and a source said convincing Jacob Rees Mogg is still a ‘work in progress,’ reports the Sun.
The source added: ‘It’s now very much our expectation that we can win this vote, if not the first time then the second time around.’
It was also revealed today that Cabinet Ministers have been summoned to an emergency meeting on January 2, meaning their Christmas break will be cut short.
The Cabinet meeting will be led by Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay, a week before debates on the deal restart in Parliament.
There is said to be a growing confidence within the Government that Mrs May’s deal will pass a vote in the Commons, even if it takes a few attempts.
However Environment Secretary Michael Gove is thought to be particularly worried about a disorderly exit from the EU, which he thinks could lead to empty supermarket shelves if the Dover-Calais trade route is blocked.
Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood stressed the importance of the Government fixing a deal today.
The Prime Minister, pictured attending Church yesterday with her husband, has urged the country to ‘find common ground’ in the lead up to the vote in Commons
He said: ‘No deal is simply not an option. Leaving without a deal would mean access to around 40 international security programmes would be significantly reduced.
‘Exchanges of critical intelligence data would halt until new arrangements are in place.
‘We would immediately reduce our ability to tackle threats from terrorism to cybercrime, modern slavery to fraud.’
Meanwhile Mrs May has urged Britons to ‘dispense’ of the titles Leave and Remain and instead ‘find common ground’ in the lead up to the vote in Commons.
Writing in the Daily Express, she suggests the concerns of voters extend beyond Britain’s departure of the European Union, citing schools, the NHS and housing as examples.
She wrote: ‘The sooner MPs agree the right Brexit deal, the sooner we can all get back to dealing with those issues and building a country that works for everyone.
‘It won’t be easy, and there is a lot of hard work ahead of us in 2019. But I’m confident.
Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29 but Mrs May is yet to secure parliamentary approval for her Brexit blueprint (file picture)
‘Because I know that when the British people come together, there is no limit to what we can achieve.’
Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29, two years after the Government triggered Article 50.
But Mrs May still is yet to secure parliamentary approval for her Brexit blueprint and a vote is due to take place in January.
In her letter, Mrs May likens the country to a family coming together at Christmas, saying: ‘It’s a time when we find it within ourselves to put aside our differences and focus on what really matters.
‘Now, two-and-a-half years after the referendum, it is time for us as a country to do the same.’