Sources said between 20 and 25 of Jeremy Corbyn’s backbenchers are becoming so rattled by the looming threat of Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party that they might back the unpopular deal to get the UK out of Europe. Speaking after the Prime Minister confirmed he deal was going back before the Commons, a Cabinet source said: “There is a chance — I accept it’s a small one — that certain Labour MPs will get cold feet once the actual bill is before them.”
There is a chance — a small one — that certain Labour MPs will get cold feet once the actual bill is before them
A Labour insider refused to rule out the possibility of battle-weary Labour MPs voting with the Government.
The source told the Mirror: “Up to two dozen backbenchers have said they won’t be able to hold out much longer.
“They’re getting so much grief in their constituencies over the failure to deliver Brexit.
“Some of them have even had death threats.”
Downing Street said cross-party negotiations would continue today six weeks after the first session and apparently no closer to a resolution.
But Labour has already suggested Mrs May’s proposals do not go far enough and party chiefs confirmed they could not the Withdrawal Bill without agreement in key areas.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell warned Labour would not “march its troops” up a hill towards a Brexit deal that would be immediately ditched by a new Tory Prime Minister.
Another shadow cabinet minister said: “There’s no certainty that anything that’s agreed with Theresa May will be upheld by a new PM.
“So there’s no point talks continuing. They’re dead, it’s just a matter of when Jeremy tells her.
A Downing Street spokesman said: “The Prime Minister met the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons to make clear our determination to bring the talks to a conclusion and deliver on the referendum result to leave the EU.
“We will therefore be bringing forward the Withdrawal Agreement Bill in the week beginning the June 3.
“It is imperative we do so then if the UK is to leave the EU before the summer Parliamentary recess.
“Talks this evening between the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition were both useful and constructive.
“Talks will continue at an official level as we seek the stable majority in Parliament that will ensure the safe passage of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill and the UK’s swift exit from the EU.”
MPs have already rejected Mrs May’s plan three times and she has been negotiating with Labour to try to break the impasse.
Before the talks, Mr Corbyn told his shadow cabinet he expected Mrs May to offer a customs agreement that was a union in all but name.
But this would only last until the next general election when the parties would decide whether to include in their manifestos.
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