British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday sent some 30 ministers across the country to visit schools, hospitals and businesses in a final push to sell her Brexit deal ahead of next Tuesday's crucial parliament vote.
The prime minister's 11th-hour efforts came after her government on Tuesday became the first in history to be held in "contempt of parliament" as she battles to win over MPs.
May is drumming up support for her deal, but faces daunting odds with scores of her own MPs set to vote against the government on December 11.
The health secretary Matt Hancock has written to medical device and clinical consumable companies that there could be a delay in the flow of goods for up to six months in the case of a "no deal" Brexit. However, the transition period could be extended for a maximum of two more years. "And in areas where we can not tolerate significant risk to the flow of goods, such as with medicines and medical products, we need to have contingency plans in place for this worst-case planning assumption", Hancock wrote.
Below is a running tally of the number of lawmakers who have so far explicitly indicated during the debate whether they plan vote for and against the Brexit deal on December11.
The Conservative prime minister commands a slim working majority in parliament thanks to a deal with Northern Ireland's DUP, which is fiercely opposed to her plan.
The shock of a no-deal Brexit would make it hard for the Bank of England to provide monetary policy support to the economy, in the form of interest rate cuts or quantitative easing, said the Chancellor.
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Elsewhere, the research also found very little appetite for a General Election, with 84.7% of respondents not in favour of such an outcome.
"But the important thing is that when Parliament makes that decision, all MPs are fully aware of the implications of adopting any of the other scenarios as a way forward".
In a newspaper article, Jeremy Corbyn repeated that "all options" - including a second referendum - must be on the table if Mrs May went down to defeat next week.
The Prime Minister has already indicated that Parliament would have a say, if a trade deal is not secured by the summer of 2020, on whether to trigger the backstop or to extend the period of transition out of the European Union for up to two more years.
"They just want to get us to the 29th of March and they don't care if there's a no-deal - once we're out we're out".
"But the choice was this deal, which enables us to take back control and to build a brighter future for our country, or going back to square one with more division, more uncertainty and a failure to deliver on the referendum".
The backstop, meant to prevent the return of a hard border in Northern Ireland, is highly controversial as Brexiteer MPs claim it traps the United Kingdom into obeying rules set by Brussels without a say over them.
Failure to secure such deals - let it be with the European Union as a whole, or individual member states - could jeopardize the "triple-lock" - or a government's commitment state pension every year at a rate higher of inflation, average earnings or a minimum of 2.5%.