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Brexit vote defeat ‘could spell end’ of May’s reign

Living on a
prayer? Theresa
and Philip May
arrive at church PIC: STEVE PARSONS/PA

THERESA MAY has been told she faces another three-figure humiliation in tomorrow’s crucial Brexit vote — as MPs warned her future in Downing Street could be in peril.

The prime minister has just 24 hours to come up with changes to her Brexit plan that could stave off another emphatic rebellion on her backbenches, just 18 days from Britain’s scheduled departure from the European Union.

With Conservative MPs on both sides of the Brexit argument debating her prospects after the vote, health secretary Matt Hancock warned about the consequences of a Commons defeat.

Rebellion warning: Matt Hancock yesterday PIC: SKY NEWS

He denied another reverse was ‘inevitable’, but admitted on Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme: ‘In the event of this vote not going through, nobody knows what would happen.

‘The approach we need to take is to get together and vote to deliver on the result and then we won’t need to have any votes on what happens next.’

Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt attempted to rally Tory MPs, telling them they risk losing Brexit entirely by failing to back the deal tomorrow. He said: ‘If you want to stop Brexit, you only need to do three things — kill this deal, get an extension and then have a second referendum.’

Former education secretary and pro-Remainer Nicky Morgan warned the PM’s position at No.10 could become untenable if her Brexit policy was ‘dismantled’ by parliament.

‘I think it would be very difficult for the prime minister to stay in office for very much longer,’ she told BBC Radio 4’s The World This Weekend.

And former Brexit secretary David Davis told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show Britain would face a ‘democratic disaster’ if Brexit did not go ahead.

He said: ‘The government losing this week makes probable either a no-deal by accident, as we have to leave under the law, or we get no Brexit. That’s what the House will have to choose — something which might have a risk of short-term but manageable economic turbulence or something which would be a democratic disaster.’