Parliament must be given “a straight up-and-down vote” on the PM’s Brexit deal, No 10 says, after MPs delivered a major blow to his strategy on Saturday, Agencies report.
Boris Johnson was forced by law to send a letter asking the EU for a new delay on Brexit, but did not sign it.
The PM now wants MPs to say a clear “yes” or “no” to the deal on Monday, adding: “We cannot allow Parliament’s letter to lead to Parliament’s delay.”
It will be up to Speaker John Bercow to decide whether to allow the vote.
Mr Johnson reached a new deal with the EU last week, but it needs to be approved by the UK Parliament.
The deal ditches the backstop clause – the “insurance policy” designed to prevent a return to physical checks on the Irish border.
Instead it will, in effect, draw a new customs border in the Irish Sea.
The EU is now considering how to respond to the UK’s request for a delay, but has said Saturday’s developments did not mean that the deal had been rejected.