DUP key to getting May's Brexit deal through Parliament but she still faces an ...

Theresa May faces an enormous uphill struggle to get a Brexit deal through the House Commons even with the support of the DUP, a MailOnline analysis suggests.

Mrs May will reportedly attempt to get MPs to back her withdrawal agreement for a third time next week.

She was defeated by 149 votes on Tuesday, which was a vast improvement on the 230-vote defeat in January. 

So she needs 75 MPs to switch sides. But where might they be found?

Theresa May (pictured last night) appears to have a final shot to get her Brexit deal through Parliament with the EU demanding a major 'rethink' on Brexit

Philip Hammond has been in talks with the DUP today

Theresa May (pictured last night) appears to have a final shot to get her Brexit deal through Parliament with the EU demanding a major 'rethink' on Brexit by Britain if they are to offer an extension and Philip Hammond has been in talks with the DUP today

DUP MP Nigel Dodds denied cash was being talked about in discussions with the Government but insisted his party was keen to support the PM's deal if they can

DUP MP Nigel Dodds denied cash was being talked about in discussions with the Government but insisted his party was keen to support the PM's deal if they can

Senior ministers  are expected to spend a large chunk of the weekend in talk with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

Deputy leader Nigel Dodds smiled today as he denied Chancellor Philip Hammond offered the party cash to back Theresa May's Brexit divorce in the Commons next week but said: 'We want to get a deal'.

'If they want Brexit - they'll have to hold their nose and vote for May's deal': Esther McVey hints she - and other hardline Brexiteers - will back PM's deal in third vote 

Esther McVey quit over Theresa May's deal but has admitted she and other Brexiteers could change their minds this time

Esther McVey quit over Theresa May's deal but has admitted she and other Brexiteers could change their minds this time

Brexiteer opposition to Theresa May’s EU deal is softening today as leading Tory MP Esther McVey she and other rebels could now 'hold their noses' and back it.

The Cheshire MP, who resigned as Work and Pensions Secretary over the deal four months ago, said Leaver MPs will 'have to think a different way' when the Prime Minister's EU divorce returns to the Commons for a third time next week.

Mrs May's deal lost by 149 votes last time and 75 rebels from her own party, including Ms McVey, voted against her.

But now the Tory Brexiteer, who is a member of the hardline ERG group led by Jacob Rees-Mogg, has hinted she and other Conservatives have changed their minds.

Speaking to the BBC she said: 'The [situation] now is people will have to take a bad deal rather than no deal. People are going to have to think a different way next week'.

When asked if if 'MPs like her would hold their noses and vote' she replied: 'Yes. They will. I don't know what the number is, but they will have to do that if they want Brexit'.  

The party's leader in Westminster also revealed the party remains 'very disappointed' with Geoffrey Cox's legal advice on the Irish backstop as pressure was heaped on the Attorney General to tweak it.

Mr Hammond is leading negotiations with the Unionist party who previously grabbed an extra £1billion of funding for Northern Ireland in exchange for its 10 MPs propping up the Government for two years until this summer. 

But Mr Dodds insisted they were not talking money and said the Chancellor was there to discuss tax issues for Northern Ireland, calling the talks 'constructive'.

He said: 'We are not discussing cash. From day one, our focus has been on the red line of how Northern Ireland is treated separately from the rest of the UK. 

He added: 'For us the key problem with the Withdrawal Agreement is the Irish backstop. We have had good discussion today. Those discussions will continue'. 

He said the Government was now 'very focused' on addressing the issue of the backstop, adding: 'There is a renewed focus in Government on ensuring those issues are addressed'.

There is also growing pressure on Attorney General Geoffrey Cox to change his legal advice to ease fears that Britain would be trapped 'indefinitely' in the Irish backstop - and Mrs May's top lawyer was also at today's talks with Environment Secretary Michael Gove, Cabinet Secretary David Lidington and Tory Chief

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