Theresa May is no longer in control of Brexit but she has not given up all hope of avoiding defeat on Tuesday.
As we reveal today the Government will back an amendment tabled by Labour MPs John Mann and Caroline Flint demanding greater protections for workers’ rights and environmental safeguards.
Downing Street hopes this concession, which comes so late in the day it carries a ring of a panic about it, will be enough to persuade a handful of Labour MPs to back her withdrawal agreement.
There is no certainty the amendment, if it is called by the Speaker, will pass.
Brexiteer Tories, who have long championed the removal of such rights as one of the prizes of our leaving, may refuse to fall into line, while Labour will be wary of Downing Street’s motives given any such protections will not be legally binding.
Labour MP Melanie Onn made the point this morning that her attempt to secure better protection for workers' rights post Brexit was rejected by the Government last year as it was not necessary.