And as May's minority government struggles to win the support of the 10 DUP MPs who have helped prop up her minority government (and who have exercised an outsize influence on the process since May's general election gambit last summer resulted in disaster for the conservatives), reports are again circulating that May & Co. are considering a variety of "dramatic" alternatives should her deal be defeated - including a possible Plan B Brexit deal that would lay the foundation for a 'Super Norway' trade arrangement, delaying 'Brexit Day' or calling for a second referendum.
One cudgel that May is trying to wield is the notion that, if her deal is voted down, it could give Labour an opening to force through another general election by calling, and winning, a no confidence vote in the government. The fear of Corbyn winning power could be enough to win support for May's deal from some Brexiteers.
They know that if her deal is ultimately voted down, the campaign for a second referendum will gain momentum. One way of stopping that would be to trigger an election. That’s a threat some in May’s government are using to try to persuade the small party propping up her minority administration to come back on board.