Mrs May’s top team believe they can pass her Brexit vote through the Commons on 14 January, even if they have to hold it twice. The source said: “It’s now very much our expectation that we can win this vote, if not the first time then the second time around.” There is growing confidence Mrs May’s can win over the Commons with her Brexit deal, as MPs are said to be heading towards a united front. Local party associations have blasted rebel MPs for ousting Mrs May’s Brexit deal, meanwhile, Eurosceptic MPs are said to be softening their hardline Brexit stance.
The Prime Minister will need to achieve 320 votes in the Commons to get her Brexit deal approved.
But one minister said getting Jacob Rees Mogg on board is still a “work in progress”.
Mrs May has summoned her cabinet ministers from their Christmas break six days early for crunch talks on contingency plans for a possible no-deal Brexit.
On January 2, the cabinet will come together in an emergency meeting led by Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay, a week before Brexit debates kick off in Parliament.
Writing for the Daily Express, Mrs May has urged the public to “come together, insisting “there is no limit to what we can achieve”.
Saying how “people don’t talk only about Europe”, Mrs May stressed concerns over the NHS, schools and housing, and said it is now “a time when we find it within ourselves to put aside our differences and focus on what really matters.”
Mrs May called on the British public to “find common ground and focus on what we can achieve together”.
Finishing off, she said: “The sooner MPs agree the right Brexit deal, the sooner we can all get back to dealing with those issues and building a country that works for everyone.
“It won’t be easy, and there is a lot of hard work ahead of us in 2019. But I’m confident.
“Because I know that when the British people come together, there is no limit to what we can achieve.”