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The plea came as the Prime Minister called on Unite’s Len McCluskey and GMB’s Tim Roache on Thursday to sweet talk Labour backers into supporting her vote on the Withdrawal Agreement. But Mr Roache said that her deal was simply not “good enough”. Labour rebels have said they cannot see the point in backing Mrs May’s ill-fated deal if it is set for defeat anyway.

The Labour MP told The Sun: “I want to vote for the deal because it’s the right thing to do for the country and my party’s policy is completely mad.

“But I have to ask myself: what on earth is the point if it’s all going to go down in flames anyway and all it does is invite on a deselection fight with Momentum.”

The recent uncertainty following a Brexit vote defeat has put off as many as a dozen other Labour waverers, the MP added.

He said voting for the deal would cause a fight between the hard-left Momentum group and the Government.

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They believe if the Government loses it will trigger a General Election and there is no point in backing a deal that will fail anyway.

Research conducted by the BBC suggests the Prime Minister is set to lose the crunch Commons vote on Tuesday by an eye-watering 228 votes.

So far 433 MPs are set to vote against Mrs May’s deal, including 111 Tories, according to public comments.

However, Labour MP Jim Fitzpatrick has revealed his support of Mrs May’s deal in a small victory for the Prime Minister.

Mr Fitzpatrick snubbed Labour’s own Brexit policy saying its six tests are designed to fail and are no more than a cynical bid to defeat the Government.

Mr Fitzpatrick agreed the PM’s deal is the “only real alternative on the table”.

So far just 206 MPs are set to back Mrs May’s deal which is not enough for her deal to go ahead.

Business Secretary Greg Clark has implored MPs to back the deal, arguing leaving the bloc with no deal would be “a disaster” and trading on World Trade Organisation terms “a dire prospect”



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