Beleaguered  Theresa May faces another nightmare week as she tries desperately to get MPs to back her deal.

After the PM secured an extension from Brussels she must try to get something agreed before mid April - or we could be in the EU much longer.

But the Commons remains divided and Mrs May has said she will not bring a third Meaningful Vote before the House of Commons unless she thinks she can win.

Mrs May and her cabinet - seen here in happier times, last week
 

The PM started the week already under fire from her own MPs - with several openly calling for her to go.

And Monday night's defeat on so-called indicative votes mean that Parliament have wrested control of Brexit away from Mrs May.

This is what to expect in the week ahead.

MONDAY 

A string of Brexit motions will be tabled, including one calling on Parliament to take control of the process by holding a series of “indicative votes” later in the week.

Deputy PM David Lidington has promised to permit MPs to debate potential outcomes over the following two weeks, although it is unclear whether Mrs May would abide by the outcome.

The Prime Minister could be replaced - Gove and Liddington are the front runners
 

MPs vote to approve an amendment put forward by Oliver Letwin.

The amendment passes by 27 votes after a number of Tories defied the government whip.

But Theresa May loses three ministers in the process.

TUESDAY 

The Commons will not be voting on the Meaningful Vote for the third time today.

Mrs May warned on Friday she may not hold the vote at all, if she doesn’t think she can win.

Or the Speaker may take the decision out of her hands.

No such vote was tabled by Monday evening so it's safe to say it will not be happening on Tuesday.

As regards the Commons there is nothing major planned - but that could change.

Tuesday could see a third attempt at the Meaningful Vote
 

WEDNESDAY 

After PMQs , a cross-party group of MPs led by Tory Sir Oliver Letwin hopes to seize control of parliamentary time to force votes on Brexit options.

This would see if there is a majority for any alternative plan, such a Norway Plus single market model, a permanent customs union, a free trade agreement or a second referendum.

MPs will vote on a range of other options - including a second referendum

Indicative votes

THERESA MAY’S PLAN

The Withdrawal Agreement reached in November guarantees the rights of UK and EU citizens currently living in the EU27 states and European nationals in Britain, settles the £39bn the UK owes to Brussels, and takes us out of the EU single market and customs union, the common agriculture and fisheries policies and the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. It offers a transition period until December 2020. Alongside this is a Political Declaration on the UK’s future relationship with the EU, focusing on areas like trade and security. But if they can’t strike a deal in time, the controversial Irish border backstop would be triggered.

MAY’S DEAL WITH CUSTOMS UNION

This would be a ‘soft Brexit’ option, and would aim to add membership of the EU’s customs union to Theresa May’s existing deal. It would immediately solve the Northern Ireland border issue, and could gain the support of a number of Labour and Tory MPs - including ministers. But Theresa May appeared to suggest she would not accept such a plan even if MPs voted for it because it would go against the 2017 Conservative Manifesto.

NORWAY PLUS

The UK would have a close relationship with the EU, but stop short of full membership. The ‘soft Brexit’ plan, would involve Britain joining the European Economic Area (EEA) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) alongside Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. It would mean Britain regains sovereignty over food and fisheries, and are no longer beholden to EU courts. A customs arrangement could solve the backstop issue. It would keep Britain in the single market - which would mean we would still have to accept free movement of people. And we would still have to make a reduced contribution to the EU budget. But as a member of EFTA we would be allowed to impose an emergency brake on immigration if it can be shown to be causing social or economic problems.

FREE TRADE ARRANGEMENT

The holy grail for some Eurosceptics is an ambitious Canada-style free trade agreement with the EU, removing tariffs from almost all imports and exports of goods, offering co-operation on standards and allowing mutual recognition of professional qualifications. It would allow the UK to leave EU institutions, end freedom of movement and strike new trade deals elsewhere in the world. Critics say that the model would severely restrict access to European markets for the UK’s vital service industries – particularly the financial sector. And ministers warn it would not resolve the backstop problem.

REVOKE ARTICLE 50

If the UK choses to abandon Brexit – either through a second referendum or by revoking article 50 –  it would retain its membership of the EU under existing terms. EU trade would continue to be free of tariffs and non-tariff barriers under single market rules, and UK and EU nationals would keep the right to work and settle in one another’s countries. The UK would keep its seat in the EU’s decision-making bodies although hasty arrangements would have to be made for the election of MEPs in May.

NO DEAL

This is the nuclear option - and remains the legal default if time runs out on securing a deal. This would see us make a ‘disorderly’ withdrawal from the EU, with no immediate route to a trade deal and, crucially, no transition 21-month period. Our trade with the EU would revert to basic World Trade Organisation rules and goods would be subject to the EU’s external tariffs. And the rights of Brits living in Europe remain uncertain.

SECOND REFERENDUM

The favoured option of many remainers, a second referendum would see the final decision being given back to the British people. An estimated million people marched on Westminster to demand a ‘people’s vote’ on Saturday. But even if there was a majority of MPs to back such a plan, they’d still have to decide what would be on the ballot. Is it May’s deal or remain? Deal or no deal? Or a three-way choice? Some MPs believe a fresh vote is a process, rather than an outcome, and should not be put to a vote.

THURSDAY 

Depending on the voting system used by MPs, the result of the “indicative votes” could come today.

This is after Parliament voted to back an amendment put forward by Oliver Letwin.

Downing Street sources have suggested this is the most likely day for a third vote on Mrs May’s deal, if she has one.

It is considered the optimum moment to persuade Tory Brexiteers to finally swing behind the PM - and see off a softer Brexit.

The Speaker has to say an MV3 vote could go ahead
 

FRIDAY 

Parliament has until 11pm tonight - the moment at which we legally leave the EU - to delay Brexit.

However, it will probably happen earlier in the week.

Both MPs and peers will get a single vote on secondary legislation (known as a statutory instrument) to change the intended leaving date on the withdrawal bill from March 29, to either May 22 if Mrs May’s deal has passed, or April 12 if it hasn’t.

By Friday we will know if Mrs May might face another embarrassing trip to Europe
 

AND NEXT? 

If the PM has failed to get her deal through the Commons by April 12, the date by which the UK needs to legislate to hold European elections, she must set out the UK’s next steps to EU leaders to get a longer extension.

If she doesn’t, the UK will Brexit on May 22.

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