By Joe Harker
Prime Minister Theresa May has set out her stall on Brexit, claiming that the only two options are her Chequers deal or leaving with no deal. Several key figures in the Tory party are opponents of the Prime Minister's plan for leaving the EU and under increasing pressure she has backed her deal as the only agreement the UK is going for.
The Daily Telegraph reports that May is hoping for Labour MPs unsatisfied with Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn to back her plans and ensure her Chequers deal is passed through the House of Commons.
Certain factions within the Conservatives, including Jacob Rees-Mogg's European Research Group, are clear opponents of the Prime Minister's Brexit plan and are unlikely to give it their approval.
Boris Johnson, the former Foreign Secretary, has been a vocal critic of the Chequers deal. He described it as a "suicide vest" and is planning on speaking against it at the Tory party conference later in the month.
The British public are also lukewarm on the Prime Minister's proposals according to a Sky Data poll. Only 18 per cent of the public approve of the Chequers deal, compared to 52 per cent who believe it would be bad for the UK.
The Daily Express reports that a leaked memo reveals the crux of the Prime Minister's argument for supporting her deal. The memo states that since nobody else in the UK has a detailed Brexit plan their opposition and criticism of the Chequers deal struggles to hold water.
However, Rees-Mogg's European Research Group are reportedly planning on publishing their own 100 page proposals for Brexit, pushing for free trade and a solution to the Irish border. The ERG has a membership of 60 Tory MPs who support leaving the EU but do not agree with the Prime Minister's deal.
There are also opponents to the Chequers deal outside the UK. Michel Barnier, the EU's chief negotiator, has said May's proposals have "two major problems" that make it unacceptable to the EU. While he said there were positives on many issues, the proposals on customs and regulations are unworkable.
May is therefore going to have to alter her deal soon or head for a no deal Brexit. Both the UK and the EU agree that negotiations need to be resolved by November to avoid the prospect of the UK leaving without a deal. The Prime Minister is standing by her Chequers deal but in doing so risks being dragged down by it in the event of failure.
Even if she can pass her deal through the House of Commons she will have make changes for it to be accepted by the EU. The Chequers deal in its current form is unpopular among the public and Tory MPs, while being condemned as unworkable by the EU. If Theresa May stakes her reputation on the Chequers deal she is likely heading for disaster.