Brexit: Date for vote on Theresa May’s deal confirmed


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MPs will vote on Theresa Could’s Brexit deal on Tuesday, 15 January, authorities sources have confirmed.

The Commons vote was known as off final month by the PM, who was dealing with defeat, however sources have informed the BBC the vote won’t be delayed once more.

Additionally it is understood the federal government will set out additional reassurances on the controversial backstop.

In the meantime, greater than 200 MPs have signed a letter to Theresa Could, urging her to rule out a no-deal Brexit.

It comes as a significant train involving greater than 100 lorries is being carried out in Kent to check out how you can handle site visitors queues close to the Channel ports within the occasion of a no-deal Brexit.

The PM’s deal – which covers the phrases of the UK’s divorce and the framework of future relations with the EU – has already been agreed with EU leaders. Nevertheless it must cross a vote by MPs earlier than it’s accepted.

The UK is because of depart the EU on 29 March 2019 whether or not the deal is handed by MPs or not.

Mrs Could’s deal is dealing with opposition from lots of her personal MPs, in addition to Labour and different opposition events together with the Stay-supporting Liberal Democrats.

The DUP – which Mrs Could’s Conservative Get together depends on for a majority in Parliament – has stated it won’t again the deal.

However Brexit minister Kwasi Kwarteng dismissed strategies that the federal government had accepted it could lose subsequent week’s vote and was planning on returning to Brussels.

“The plan is to win the vote on Tuesday, or at any time when it comes,” Mr Kwarteng informed BBC Radio four’s Right this moment programme.

He stated every week was “a really very long time in politics” and he was “very hopeful” the deal can be voted by way of.

BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith stated reassurances on the Irish backstop had been more likely to embody proposals to minimise any regulatory variations between Northern Eire and the remainder of the UK.

Plans to provide Stormont a job in deciding whether or not the backstop ought to come into power had been additionally probably.

There might be additional attainable safeguards for Parliament, with MPs maybe being given a vote earlier than the UK enters the backstop and the proper to inform Brussels of the UK’s intention to stop the backstop inside a specified time interval, our correspondent added.

Authorities sources additionally stated they hope to set out additional reassurances from the EU that the backstop is just non permanent.

In the meantime, writing in Each day Telegraph, ex-foreign secretary Boris Johnson stated the choice of leaving the EU with no deal is “closest to what individuals truly voted for” within the 2016 EU referendum.

And Tory MP Damian Inexperienced – additionally an ex-cabinet minister – stated the onus was on the MPs to say what deal they might help.

‘United on one factor’

Tory Dame Caroline Spelman, who organised the MPs’ letter with Labour MP Jack Dromey, stated “crashing out” of the EU with no deal would trigger job losses.

Dame Caroline – a Stay supporter who was surroundings secretary for 2 years when David Cameron was prime minister – informed BBC Radio four’s Westminster Hour programme that 209 MPs had signed the letter.

Requested if the prime minister “will get it”, Dame Caroline stated: “Sure, I undoubtedly suppose she will get it. She would not have invited us to return in and see her if she did not.”

Dame Caroline stated the signatories to her letter included Brexit and Stay supporters – however the letter didn’t bind them to supporting the PM’s withdrawal deal.

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Media captionDame Caroline Spelman says 209 MPs have signed a letter urging the prime minister to rule out a ‘no deal’ Brexit

As a substitute, Dame Caroline stated, it creates a “platform” which might “stabilise the economic system and provides reassurance to manufacturing”.

“We’re united on one factor – we need to shield jobs and livelihoods by ensuring we do not crash out with no deal,” she stated.

The MPs have been invited to fulfill the prime minister on Tuesday.

Boris: ‘No deal is fashionable’

Many Conservative MPs proceed to imagine the deal doesn’t characterize the Brexit the nation voted for, and a few are actively calling for Britain to depart with no deal.

If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, it could routinely fall again on World Commerce Group guidelines – which might apply routinely to commerce between the UK and EU.

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Writing within the Telegraph on Monday, Brexiteer Mr Johnson stated of all of the choices advised, the no-deal possibility is “gaining in recognition” and dismissed the warnings towards it which he stated had been “downright apocalyptic”.

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Boris Johnson stated Go away voters “did not vote for something like Theresa Could’s withdrawal settlement”

Mr Johnson stated he desires Mrs Could to take away the backstop from the withdrawal settlement, “to provide actual authorized safety to the UK”.

“Failing that, we should always strategy the problem of leaving on WTO phrases in a manner that’s practical and wise,” he stated.

On Sunday, Tory MP Peter Bone informed Sky Information one of the simplest ways to “get on” with Brexit was to depart with no deal – which might be “completely OK”.

He stated help for leaving with no deal was “hardening”.

However talking on Sunday, Mrs Could warned that if Parliament rejects her Brexit deal, the nation faces “uncharted territory”.

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Media captionTheresa Could: “The hazard… is we truly find yourself with no Brexit in any respect”

The UK’s exit in March was “at risk” if MPs didn’t vote for it, she added.

In addition to the invite to all signatories of the letter to Downing Road, Mrs Could has additionally invited all Tory MPs to drinks receptions on Monday and Wednesday.

BBC Radio four’s Westminster Hour is broadcast at 22:00 GMT on Sunday and may be listened to right here.


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