Timetable for four days of turmoil in Westminster

Timetable for four days of Westminster turmoil: MPs will decide on soft Brexit tonight before May puts her deal to a fourth vote later this week Tonight MPs led by Oliver Letwin and Yvette Cooper will vote on a soft Brexit The Cabinet will meet to discuss a response on Tuesday amid resignation fears PM's allies have pencilled in Thursday for a fourth Commons vote on her deal

By Daily Mail Reporter

Published: 00:31 BST, 1 April 2019 | Updated: 00:31 BST, 1 April 2019

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Westminster is facing another momentous week – one which could decide the fate of Brexit or even lead to a snap general election.

Today: MPs led by Tory Sir Oliver Letwin and Labour's Yvette Cooper will vote tonight on whether to adopt a soft Brexit option, such as a customs union or membership of the single market, possibly accompanied by a second referendum. Last week, MPs rejected all eight Brexit options put to them in a series of 'indicative votes', but supporters of a soft Brexit from both the Tory and Labour benches believe they have a better chance tonight following the third defeat for Theresa May's deal.

Tomorrow: The Cabinet will meet to discuss a response to the votes. If MPs have backed a customs union, Mrs May will have to decide whether to accept a policy opposed by the vast majority of Tory MPs. If she agrees, the issue could tear the party apart. If she refuses, it would result in a constitutional stand-off that could spark an election. Downing Street fears that she could face a Cabinet walkout regardless of what she decides.

Conservative MP Oliver Letwin

Labour MP Yvette Cooper

MPs led by Oliver Letwin (left) and Labour's Yvette Cooper (right) will vote tonight on whether to adopt a soft Brexit option, such as a customs union or membership of the single market

Wednesday: Sir Oliver Letwin has indicated he will try to seize control of the Commons agenda again to pursue his soft Brexit plan. If Monday's votes were inconclusive, they could be held again, possibly using preferential voting to reduce the options to one. If Monday night's vote produced a solution, but Mrs May refused to adopt it, Parliament could legislate in a bid to force her hand.

Thursday: Allies of the PM have the day pencilled in for a possible fourth attempt to get her deal through the Commons. They believe that, with the majority against her coming down from 230 to 149 then to 58 last week, they have

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