Cabinet rebels tell May to POSTPONE her Brexit vote

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Ministers are urging Theresa May to postpone next week's crunch Brexit vote - as the EU prepares to offer her the option of postponing Brexit beyond March.

The Prime Minister is considering a range of measures designed to make the Irish 'backstop' more palatable to her mutinous backbenchers.

Proposals - 'lock - Backstop - MPs - Say

Proposals include placing a parliamentary 'lock' on the backstop, which would give MPs the final say over whether to enter an arrangement which critics fear could keep the UK trapped in the customs union indefinitely.

Downing Street is also considering a new law that would guarantee there could be no divergence of rules between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK during any backstop period.

Measures - Government - Amendment - Tuesday - Commons

The measures could be included in a Government amendment to Tuesday's Commons vote on Mrs May's deal.

But some senior Tories believe she is running out of time to persuade Eurosceptic Tories and Democratic Unionists ahead of the vote.

Mrs - May - Brussels - December - Days

Mrs May will head to Brussels on December 13, two days after the crunch Commons vote.

If she loses the vote, EU leaders would offer her the chance to extend the Article 50 process to avoid a no-deal Brexit, reported The Telegraph. But Downing Street has ruled this out.

It comes as:

At least three Cabinet ministers are said to have directly urged the Prime Minister to agree a short postponement.

Ways - People

One said: 'There are ways this can be fixed and people have started looking at them.

'We need to be creative and we need to get the DUP back on board. It can be done, but it can't be done before next Tuesday. We need to pull the vote or we risk losing on a scale that makes the whole thing impossible to salvage.'

Tory - People

Another senior Tory said: 'Marching people into the...
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