Mrs May suffered another defeat to an amendment tabled by rebel Tories who are plotting to delay Brexit or keep the UK in the EU in the event of a no-deal. The amendment was passed by 308 votes to 297, with a majority of 11.
The motion means that should the Prime Minister lose the meaningful vote on Tuesday, she will have to come back before MPs and explain her next steps within three days.
The House of Commons vote on Mrs May’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement is scheduled for Tuesday, January 15, following five days of debate.
EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker also sent a stark warning to Mrs May on Friday and said she shouldn’t “confuse” their recent discussions with negotiations as the Prime Minister attempts to deliver a number of concessions ahead of the crunch vote on her Brexit deal.
Speaking in Romania, Mr Juncker also urged MPs to back the controversial deal because a no-deal Brexit would be a “disaster” for the United Kingdom.
He said: “I do not like the prospect of a no-deal, which would be a disaster for our British friends.
“Every effort needs to be made to make sure this important issue is resolved satisfactorily.”
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