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Boris Johnson could win a historic Commons vote on his Brexit deal today, but still have it knocked off course by MPs determined to delay Britain's exit from the EU.
Downing Street was increasingly confident last night that MPs would finally give their approval to Mr Johnson's deal on today's 'Titanic Tuesday', when Parliament votes on legislation to ratify the agreement with the EU.
Alarm - MPs - Prime - Minister - Fast-track
But there was growing alarm in No 10 that MPs will then try to tear up the Prime Minister's fast-track timetable for pushing the deal through, in the hope that the EU will agree to delay Brexit for months.
Ministers are also battling against Labour-backed plots to scupper the legislation by amending it to require a second referendum or force the UK into a permanent customs union.
Mr - Johnson - Amendment - Customs - Union
But Mr Johnson hopes he can dent any amendment over the customs union because his Bill provides Parliament the opportunity a future say on the UK's relationship with the bloc, with trade expected to form part of that debate.
If any amendment goes through, the Prime Minister is anticipated to abandon his Bill and concede that another extension is required and immediately demand a general election.
Night - Mr - Johnson - MPs - Deal
Last night Mr Johnson appealed to MPs to finally back a deal 'so that we can leave without disruption and provide a framework for a new relationship based on free trade and friendly co-operation'.
The Prime Minister said: 'I hope Parliament votes to take back control for itself and the British people and the country can start to focus on the cost of living, the NHS, and conserving our environment. The public doesn't want any more delays, neither do other European leaders and neither do I. Let's get Brexit done on October 31 and move on.'
Government - Sources - Chance - Deal - Commons
Government sources said there was a 'good chance' the deal would pass its first Commons...
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The beatings will continue until moral improves.