May indicates MPs could decide if Northern Ireland backstop is triggered

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"It is unthinkable that the government tried to keep this information from Parliament - and indeed the public - before next week's vote", he said, making a reference to the crucial vote on the Brexit deal set for next Tuesday.

She suggested MPs could be "given a role" in deciding whether to activate the backstop, which is created to stop the return of a physical border.

"The vote will take place on Tuesday as planned", May's spokesperson said.

A government bid to find a compromise to win over rebels before the Commons Brexit vote has run into criticism.

After a string of humiliating parliamentary defeats for May the day before cast new doubt over her ability to get a deal approved, USA investment bank J P Morgan said the chances of Britain calling off Brexit altogether had increased.

Supporters of a clean break with the European Union say the backstop, meant to ensure no hard border between British-ruled Northern Ireland and the EU-member Irish Republic, could leave Britain forced to accept European Union regulations indefinitely, or Northern Ireland treated differently from the rest of Britain.

Led by Hugo Swire, the alternative plan would give MPs the chance to vote to extend the transition period at the end of 2022 - rather than falling into the backstop.

"I think members on both sides know she has worked phenomenally hard to try to secure the best agreement", he said.

A Tory backbench amendment - understood to have No 10's backing - offers MPs more of a say over the contentious issue of the Northern Ireland backstop.

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It was tabled by Northern Ireland minister Sir Hugo Swire, Richard Graham and Bob Neill, hours after the Prime Minister indicated Parliament would choose between the two options after the United Kingdom formally quits the EU.

Ministers from both sides have heavily criticised Mrs May's vision this week as MP's embarked on fiercely contested debates in the Commons.

Leadsom warned that in the future: "Law officers advising Cabinet will be very reluctant to give any advice to government that they might then see published on the front pages of newspapers".

However Mrs May has indicated parliament could have greater say over one of her most controversial policies, the Irish "backstop" which will come into force if no future trading relationship is agreed with the EU.

'If a bad Brexit is forced upon our country and jobs and the economy are not protected, many of our people who have suffered from eight years of austerity will suffer even more, ' he said.

Labour have since accused the Prime Minister of "running scared" stating Jeremy Corbyn would "relish the opportunity". He said: 'The idea there's an option of renegotiating at the 11th hour is simply a delusion. "Do we extend. the implementation period?"

He also noted that the backstop arrangement would be "enormously complex" for the European Union, requiring "considerable resources", meaning Brussels would come under pressure - especially from Dublin - to bring it to an end.

Chief whip Julian Smith acknowledged he faces an "uphill challenge" to persuade MPs to back Mrs May's deal, but insisted "it's all to play for".

"This was not about doing deals, it was about listening", said one leading pro-Brexit lawmaker. It follows a similar decision by the BBC after the two leaders could not agree terms.

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