British Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking MPs’ support for her improved Brexit deal during the crucial vote on Tuesday.
May claims she has secured legally-binding changes to the deal that the Parliament had been demanding during last-minute talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels late on Monday.
According to her, these changes will help the UK to exit the Irish backstop. They will guarantee that the EU cannot enforce the backstop indefinitely.
Monday’s compromise also included talks on post-Brexit trade arrangement and provision for the UK to exit the backstop if talks on such future relationship with EU fail.
Juncker said if the British MPs do not vote for the improved withdrawal deal on Tuesday, there will be no third chance, no Brexit at all.
Juncker also hoped Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar would support the proposed changes. Ireland opposes any move to set a time limit on backstop.
All eyes are on the House of Commons, above, as British MPs prepare to vote.
If May loses on Tuesday, Parliament will hold two more votes on Wednesday and Thursday on whether Britain should leave the EU without a deal, and whether it should extend the Brexit talks.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn took a sceptical view of the improved deal and appealed to MPs to reject the deal again.
Corbyn said the deal did not contain the promised changes and May failed to find common ground for an agreement the Parliament could support.
Britain is expected to leave European Union on March 29.