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Theresa May has cast doubt over whether she will carry on as prime minister if MPs vote down her Brexit deal, as she warned her critics that the EU will not offer further concessions on the current plan.

The prime minister repeatedly dodged questions during a radio phone-in on whether she would resign if Tory MPs follow through on their threats to block the proposed withdrawal agreement.

She also refused to say that the deal would be better for the UK than the status quo of EU membership.

Ms May is preparing to travel to Brussels for a special European Council meeting at which the other EU member states will decide whether to sign off the proposed withdrawal agreement. She will also hold last minute-talks on Saturday with Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission.

The prime minister was dealt a fresh blow ahead of the summit when Dominic Raab, who resigned as her Brexit secretary last week, said the proposed exit deal was worse than remaining in the EU.

Despite the growing backlash from her own backbenchers, the prime minister told a BBC Radio 5 Live phone-in that she remain determined to ensure the deal is approved by the Commons.

Asked whether she might resign if the plan is rejected, she said: “I’m focused on actually ensuring that we do get this deal through parliament, because I believe that this is absolutely the right deal for the UK.”

Pushed on whether she could resign, she added: “This isn’t about me. As I’m sitting here, I’m not thinking about me, I’m thinking about getting a deal through that delivers for the people of this country. That’s what drives me and that is what’s at the forefront of my mind.” Read more

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