LONDON – Britain's fierce efforts to leave the European Union remained on a fall in Thursday when Prime Minister Theresa May Allies tried to keep her agreement alive in the face of relentless resistance.
The deal was already defeated twice in Parliament, was revived Wednesday after Mrs May promised conservative party colleagues, hard-hitting supporters of leaving the block, that she would step down if passed, and let another take over next phase of conversation with Brussels for process known as Brexit.
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But even her offer to step down was not enough to falsify hard conservatives or her tempered allies in the democratic Union Party Northern Ireland or DUP, who hates the agreement.
So the government debuted a new complaint on Thursday: Ministers said they would separate Mrs Mays agreement into its two parts – one called the withdrawal agreement and the other the political statement – and ask Parliament to vote on Friday only on the first.
The withdrawal agreement describes the terms of the UK's exit from the EU, while the political statement deals with the cumbersome issue of its future relationship with the block.
The speakers of the House of Commons, John Bercow, have said he would allow Parliament to vote again only if the plan had changed significantly since it had been rejected resoundingly – twice – and on Thursday he said the government had met it test.
Ministers voted in favor of pro-Brexit practitioners as their last opportunity to secure Britain's exit from the EU in the coming months, so anti-Europeans in Parliament take control and try to frustrate Brexit or force a longer delay.  Ministers also hoped the date of the vote – March 29, the originally planned day for Britain's exit – would put a symbolic pressure on pro-Brexit conservatives to swallow their objections and back Mrs May.
But the withdrawal agreement contains some of the most controversial pieces of Mrs May's plan.
Among them is the so-called backstop, which at least temporarily binds Britain and, to a greater extent, Northern Ireland to European trade rules in order to avoid customs control at historically conflicting border between Ireland, part of the European Union and Northern Ireland which is part of The United Kingdom.
Unionists in Northern Ireland reject backstop because they believe that I would not create regulatory differences between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom that puts the association at risk.
And British news media reports late on Thursday, the Unionists said to vote against Mrs Mays plan again on Friday, significantly narrowing the prime minister's path to victory.
There was some hope among conservatives who split Mrs Mays' plan into two would strengthen her case with opposition Labor legislators whose main objections are the political statement and not the withdrawal agreement.
But Labor leaders reacted angrily to the idea on Thursday and noted that Mrs May had previously said that the two pieces of his plan were inextricably linked.
Keir Starmer, a senior worker, warned Thursday to split them "would leave us with the blind of blindfolded Brexits." He referred to Labor's fear that if Parliament adopted part of Mrs May & # 39; s plan, and the prime minister stepped in with a hardlin a pro-Brexit politician like Boris Johnson would take over and shape the decisive next negotiation process.
Stephen Doughty, a parliamentary member, said: "It seems to me as a shit of the highest order."
Confusion swirled all day in Parliament about the government's plans, where ministers left lawmakers in the dark about what they would vote on Friday to late afternoon.
However, anti-Brexit lawmakers worked behind the scenes to choose a few alternates plan to set for parliament on Monday if Mrs May & # 39; s deal did not pass by then.
The anti-Brexit legislators were raised by votes in Parliament on Wednesday evening in a catalog of proposals that collided with Mrs May's. 19659002] They once contained radical ideas like holding another public voice on Brexit or revoking Britain's decision to leave altogether, as well as Brexit plans that would see Britain holding closer ties to Europe than Mrs Mays per
Votes represented the first time For two years of Brexit negotiations, Parliament was allowed to express its feelings about alternative plans, and some lawmakers hoped they would show the way to compromise.
But to the chagrin of Mrs. May & # 39; s opponents, all eight alternative plans failed to muster a majority that led the British newspaper The Guardian to run that headline on its front page on Thursday: "No. No. No. No. No. No. "
Some suggestions were close. A plan for a customs union between the United Kingdom and the European Union lost six votes. (Mr. Bercow said a tallying mistake had originally led him to say it was an eight-voice margin.) And the possibility of holding a new referendum to test British views on leaving the block attracted more support than expected: 268 members voted in favor and 295 against.
The result of the proposal for another referendum that came after a weekend when hundreds of thousands of people marched in London for another vote, and more than five million signed a petition requesting the cancellation of Brexit was a sign on how the views on anti-Brexit politicians have become more intense as the process draws on.
The non-binding votes set the stage for a second round of debates in Parliament on Monday, when the alternative options menu has to be flashed and politicians get another chance to get behind a new plan.
If Mrs Mays withdrawal is handed over on Friday, Parliament will meet the EU deadline for completing the Brexit process and extract will bring Britain from the block before May 22.
If not, Britain may collide out of the block without agreement on April 12 in which analysts say it would be a calamitous exit or it could ask for a longer extension.
Mrs. May's resignation offer was another reminder that for all the anxiety in Britain over Brexit, conservative party politics are still dictated by members' leadership ambitions.
Pro-Brexit politicians like Mr. Johnson has long wanted to take over from Mrs. May, and the chance to do so earlier rather than later seemed to be enough for many to come back from months of fierce opposition to his deal.
Mr. Johnson once said that Mrs May & # 39; s deal had secured a "suicide vest" around the country. Another hard-line pro-Brexit lawmaker, Jacob Rees-Mogg, said the Prime Minister's plan would make Britain a "slave state."
On Wednesday, both said they would return their deal.