Theresa May is dashing to Strasbourg in a last ditch attempt to secure a new Brexit deal 1 year ago

Theresa May is dashing to Strasbourg in a last ditch attempt to secure a new Brexit deal

The PM risks asking MPs to vote on a deal they've already rejected if she cannot secure new terms

Theresa May is travelling to Strasbourg on Monday night for talks with EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, just hours before putting her Brexit withdrawal agreement before a parliamentary vote.

Since MPs overwhelmingly rejected her original deal to leave the European Union on January 15, the prime minister has been urgently trying to negotiate new terms - with little success. Still, in heading to this late meeting, reports suggest there is no guarantee of a breakthrough.

However May is said to hold out hope that changes to the backstop can be agreed, with an arbitration system and a time limit floated as components that would satisfy enough Brexiteer MPs to get the deal through parliament.


Whatever she comes away from Strasbourg with, set to be announced in a statement late on Monday evening, it is anticipated the government will go ahead with Tuesday's meaningful vote on the withdrawal agreement, whatever state it is in at that point.

If it is rejected, May has promised parliamentary votes on leaving without a deal and delaying the Article 50 process to leave the EU by a few months.

May travelled to meet Juncker after dodging an urgent question put forward by Jeremy Corbyn on Monday afternoon. Both the Labour and Conservative leaders were due to take part in a Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.

Only May attended, where she read a passage from the Bible while junior Brexit minister Robin Walker fielded questions in the House of Commons.