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LONDON (AP) - British Prime Minister Theresa May made a frantic last push Monday to swing lawmakers' support behind her seemingly doomed Brexit deal, warning that its defeat risked scuttling the U.K.'s departure from the European Union and "betraying the vote of the British people."
May claimed to have gotten reassurances with "legal force" on key issues from the EU, and said history books would judge Parliament harshly if lawmakers did not back Britain's orderly exit from the EU when they vote on the agreement Tuesday.
Hours - Deal - Look - May - Lawmakers
"Over these next 24 hours, give this deal a second look," May implored skeptical lawmakers in the House of Commons.
"With just 74 days to go until (Brexit day) the 29th of March, the consequences of voting against this deal tomorrow are becoming ever clearer," she said.
May - Deal - Reversal - Brexit - Voters
May said rejecting her deal would lead either to a reversal of Brexit - overturning voters' decision in a 2016 referendum - or to Britain leaving the bloc without a deal, a course that would damage the country's economy, security and unity.
But the British leader had few concrete measures up her sleeve, and opposition to her deal remains dauntingly strong. A defeat on Tuesday would throw Brexit plans into disarray just weeks before the U.K. is due to withdraw from the bloc.
Britain - EU - Divorce - Deal - November
Britain and the EU reached a hard-won divorce deal in November, a milestone that should have set the U.K. on the road to an orderly exit.
But the compromise deal has been rejected by both sides of Britain's EU divide. Many Brexit-backing lawmakers say it will leave the U.K. tethered to the bloc's rules and unable to forge an independent trade policy. Pro-Europeans argue it is inferior to the frictionless economic relationship Britain currently enjoys as an EU member.
May - Vote - Deal - December - Resounding
May postponed a vote on the deal in December to avoid a resounding...
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