MPs will get another chance to vote on Brexit this month – even if Theresa May has not been able to negotiate a deal by then.
Housing Secretary James Brokenshire admitted it might not be the final, decisive vote on the PM’s deal Labour and some Tories are demanding.
The prime minister needs to get a deal approved by Parliament by 29 March to avoid a no-deal Brexit.
Labour has accused her of “cynically” running down the clock.
Instead of a “meaningful” vote on the prime minister’s deal with the EU, MPs could be given another series of non-binding votes on possible Brexit alternatives by 27 February, with the final vote on whether to approve or reject the deal delayed until the following month.
On Wednesday, Mrs May will ask MPs for more time to get legally-binding changes to the controversial Northern Irish backstop, which she believes will be enough to secure a majority in Parliament for her deal.