Prime Minister Theresa May looks to have failed in her attempt to win over U.K. lawmakers, with members of her own party saying they will once again reject her Brexit withdrawal deal.
It's expected her Brexit plan will not receive enough votes to be approved on Tuesday evening, following criticism from euroskeptics and Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), whose support was seen as crucial for it to be passed.
The deal has already been roundly rejected by U.K. lawmakers once, in January, with many MPs worried about a part of the withdrawal agreement that aimed to prevent a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (which is a part of the U.K.) should the EU and U.K. fail to agree a trade deal in a 21-month transition period.
MPs didn't like the fact that the Irish backstop, although intended as a last-resort, would mean the U.K. remaining within a EU customs union for an indefinite amount of time and unable to leave unilaterally.
In a last-ditch attempt to allay those concerns and to persuade skeptical Brexiteers to accept her deal, May traveled to Strasbourg Monday night and said she had won "legally binding" assurances from the EU over the backstop and called on MPs to back her "improved" deal.