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UK PM May fights for survival as parliament plots Brexit Plan B

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BRITISH Prime Minister Theresa May fought for survival Tuesday as parliament began charting its own Brexit way forward and her vital Northern Irish coalition partners denounced her existing deal.

Lawmakers, exasperated by Britain’s failed efforts to split from the European Union after three years of debates and negotiations, voted Monday to give themselves a broader say on what happens next.

The motion creates parliamentary time for MPs to come up with their own proposals that could help stave off a chaotic “no-deal” divorce in two weeks.

May’s temporary loss of control was followed Tuesday by a blunt warning from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) — the hardline Northern Irish power brokers who prop up the government.

The group’s Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson wrote in The Daily Telegraph that the DUP “will not vote for an unamended or unchanged version” of the deal May struck with Brussels at the end of last year.

Wilson added that the party would stick to its position “even if we are forced into a one-year extension” of the current Brexit deadline of April 12.

His comments considerably dampen May’s hopes of getting her twice-rejected agreement through parliament on the third attempt in the coming days.

May herself admitted “with great regret” Monday that there was “still not sufficient support in the House to bring back the deal”.