The Prime Minister warned she will axe festive celebrations to get her withdrawal agreement through parliament. On December 11 The House of Commons will vote on Mrs May’s controversial Brexit blueprint on leaving the EU. But she faces a rocky ride to get the vote through, with as many as 100 Tory MPs preparing to reject the ‘meaningful vote’ against the deal.
The Prime Minister’s whips are now threatening to cancel Christmas in order to get her deal through parliament before the Commons’ last sitting on December 20.
An MP told the i newspaper: “The message is vote for the deal or you might not see your families for much of the holidays.”
Mrs May now needs to win the parliament vote to guarantee MPs can take a Christmas break.
MPs have been told they are threatening the government’s future.
One backbencher said: “People are being told they would be letting down the voters and jeopardising Theresa May’s future.
“It amounts to emotional blackmail.”
Parliamentary private secretaries (PPS), MPs acting as aides to ministers, are poised to join the rebellion against the deal.
Chief Whip Julian Smith has launched a charm offensive to convince MPs to change their minds and vote for the deal.
Whips and senior ministers are also holding meetings with backbenchers as fears grow May will lose the vote.
Mrs May may also meet rebellious backbenchers ahead of the crunch vote.
Backbenchers have reportedly been warned they may not be promoted if they vote down Mrs May’s deal.
But one senior MP said: “Promises of some sort of job in the future are falling on deaf ears because people don’t think she’ll be around in a few months to keep her promises.”
Mrs May was grilled by MPs on Thursday at a Parliament liaison committee.
She refused to rule out Britain crashing out without a deal, despite dire economic forecasts from the Treasury and Bank of England this week.