Theresa May sang O’ Come All Ye Faithful on the steps of No10 today as she remained on course for a potentially catastrophic Commons defeat on her Brexit deal.
Despite the turmoil, Mrs May performed her seasonal duties by turning on the Downing Street Christmas lights.
She led guests in a rendition of O’ Come All Ye Faithful on the steps of No10.
In key developments today, the Prime Minister twice dodged a chance to kill off reports that she will call off or postpone Tuesday’s meaningful vote on her withdrawal agreement. Her answer that she was “leading up to a vote” left wiggle room to retreat if the numbers fail to improve.
Chancellor Philip Hammond was due to appeal to MPs in the Commons to “act now to end the uncertainty” that is holding back the economy by supporting the deal and moving on to “heal the divisions” in the country.
Business Secretary Greg Clark signalled that he would resign rather than be part of a Government that oversaw a no-deal Brexit. He promised a “wall of investment” would flood in if the deal was passed.
Former Labour minister Hilary Benn came under pressure to withdraw an amendment to the Government’s motion that his party colleagues feared would let Mrs May off the hook by killing her withdrawal deal before it is put to the main vote.
The European Court of Justice announced it will issue a binding ruling on Monday — the day before Parliament votes — that is expected to confirm Britain has the right to cancel Brexit and stay in the European Union if it wishes, a clarification that could boost the campaign for a fresh referendum.
The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier also said Mrs May’s Brexit deal is the only route to securing an orderly withdrawal from the EU, adding that the future of the UK is at stake next week.