Theresa May is under pressure to come up with an alternative Brexit deal that will win support from MPs across the political spectrum, following her humiliating defeat in the House of Commons on Tuesday 15 January.
Brexiteer MPs have called on the Prime Minister to simply walk away from the negotiations and embrace a ‘no deal’ scenario, but the she is determined to somehow push through the Withdrawal Agreement.
Meanwhile, the European Union says it is now solely up to Mrs May and MPs to agree on a counter-proposal to the Brexit deal they rejected, with negotiations only reopening once this is achieved.
What is in Theresa May’s Brexit Plan B?
In a word: nothing. While the Prime Minister was forced to return to Parliament on Monday 21 to explain what she was going to do next, she made clear that Plan B is in fact just Plan A. She intends to ask Brussels for further concessions on the backstop, potentially with Parliament having voted in favour of a time limit on it, and then get MPs to vote on this revised deal.
The EU, however, is reluctant to offer such concessions and has doubts as to whether Mrs May could get her deal through Parliament even with changes to the backstop.