Three years since Britain voted to leave the EU and almost two months after the planned departure date, May is mounting a last bid to try to get the deeply divided parliament’s backing for a divorce deal and leave office with some kind of legacy.
Theresa May offered the prospect of a possible second referendum on the agreement and closer trading arrangements with the EU as incentives.
UK MPs will get a vote on whether to hold another referendum if they back the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill. The bill also contains new guarantees on workers’ rights, environmental protections and the Northern Irish border, as well a customs “compromise”.
UK MPs have rejected the withdrawal agreement negotiated with the EU three times and attempts to find a formal compromise with Labour have also failed.