A group of cross-party MPs have urged the EU to extend the Brexit deadline past the 31st October warning it would be "fantasy" and even "dangerous" to try and get a deal through parliament in time.
Former Tory Dominic Grieve, Plaid Cymru leader Liz Saville Roberts, Labour ’s David Lammy , Green MP Caroline Lucas and SNP MP Peter Grant have travelled to Brussels to make the case for an extension so the UK can hold a referendum on any deal.
They will hold meetings with key French, Dutch and Irish representatives ahead of the European Council on Thursday.
Mr Grieve, who had the Tory whip removed for voting to stop no deal, told the Mirror: "The suggestion that we can magically have a deal presented to parliament to approval on Saturday so we can leave on 31st is not only a fantasy but it's very dangerous because if there's an attempt to do that it's really short-circuiting the normal processes the House of Commons.
"And Parliament may wish to attach a confirmatory referendum to any deal that is negotiated because the deal bears no resemblance to what was being promoted in the 2016 referendum at all."
As the time ticks down to the 31st October the MPs say there is growing moves within parliament for MPs to back a deal with a referendum attached.
Boris Johnson has repeatedly insisted that the UK will leave at the end of October "do or die" despite the Benn Act which orders Mr Johnson to request a three-month extension on October 19 if there's no Brexit deal by that point.
Pressure to sign off on a draft agreement is peaking. A legal text needs to be published ahead of the summit if the EU27 are to consider ratifying the Withdrawal Agreement at the two-day summit.
Their approval would allow Mr Johnson to put the deal to MPs in a proposed extraordinary sitting of Parliament on Saturday.
This would give him a chance to avoid a monumental clash over asking for a Brexit extension – something he has repeatedly ruled out doing but is compelled to do so under the Benn Act.
That legislation passed by MPs opposed to a no-deal, including Tory rebels, orders the PM to ask Brussels for an Article 50 extension until the end of January if Parliament does not back a deal.
But there are fears Mr Johnson will find a loophole to avoid making the request as part of his "do or die" commitment to leave the bloc by the October 31 deadline.
If a Saturday showdown in Parliament is to take place the Government must put a motion before the Commons on Wednesday, to be voted upon on Thursday.
During the weekend session, MPs would be able to back or reject any deal presented to them, or discuss what to do next in the Brexit saga.
The Liberal Democrats have put forward an amendment to the Queen's Speech for Tuesday to test whether there is support for a second referendum.
And leader Jo Swinson has suggested her Remain-backing party could support a Johnson deal if it is put back to the people in a confirmatory vote.
Mr Grieve, who says he would vote for a deal with a public vote attached, said: "The purpose of going over is to try to make the message clear to the parter countries and the negotiators that the Benn Act matters and that there should be space provided if there is going to be a negotiated deal for parliament to consider it properly within a time frame we can do it which is not a week – this is a major piece of constitutional legislation.
"So it's to say 'please respect the request made by Parliament by majority to ensure that there is an extension sufficient for us either to take steps if there is no deal to decide what to do next or if there is a negotiated deal time to discuss it and decide whether parliament wishes to approve it and whether parliament wants to attach a referendum."
The delegation organised by anti-Brexit campaign group Best for Britain have back-to-back meetings with the Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the EU, the Deputy Permanent Representative of France to the EU and the EU Parliament's Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt.
David Lammy said: "I expect the EU will want to hear from parliamentarians what the prospect of any deal getting through parliament are.
"I think there is a realistic chance of getting a deal through if there is a referendum attached."
The Labour MP is considering voting for the deal if there is a referendum was attached – and believes the majority of his colleagues could be persuaded to join him.
"This is a shocking deal. Boris Johnson has been prepared to reduce standards, to deregulate further and this is a deal that keeps us out of the customs union and out of the single market so this is a shocking hard Brexit deal.
"There is nothing in it that's better for my constituents, nothing that's consistent with Labour values.
"Having said that in a spirit of compromise my position has always been the Kyle/Wilson position that it is ultimately for the Britsh people whether they prefer this deal to remaining in the European Union.
"I am clear I will fight tooth and nail to remain with the European Union.
"But of course the Labour family would be prepared to support a deal attached to a confirmatory referendum."
The cross-party group, just a small number of a much larger move in parliament to reach out beyond party lines, will try and show the EU, for whom coalitions are a much normal party of politics, how significant their cooperation is.
Plaid Cymru's Westminster Leader Liz Saville Roberts "I think it's important that there isn't just one voice in this we are doing something quite extraordinary in Westminster parliamentary terms because we've got is effectively a cross-party group and the other surprising thing and what you're seeing is that we can all work together."
Former Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said: "I'm attracted by the cross-party working, something I encouraged as party leader.
"I think it's been a key factor in stopping us crashing out it led to the Benn Act.
"It's important that we act as a counterbalance to Boris Johnson by coming here and making the case for an extension, not just for its own sake, but for a referendum."
Green MP Caroline Lucas agreed saying: "I think the importance of the cross-party nature is just to reassure European politicians and leaders that there is support in the Westminster parliament for a meaningful extension that is long enough to have a democratic event which in my view should be a confirmatory referendum on the deal and that we believe the Benn Act is robust.
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