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Theresa May has won legally binding changes to her Brexit deal after talks in Strasbourg

The Prime Minister says she’s WON legally binding changes to Brexit deal in last-ditch bid to avoid crushing defeat.

Talks went on late into the night this evening as Brexiteers consider whether it will be enough to ease their fears that the hated Northern Irish backstop would turn us into an EU colony forever.

The Prime Minister is due to hold a second ‘meaningful vote’ on her Brexit deal in the House of Commons tomorrow but she’s not been able to secure all the changes she wants.

Talks went on late into the night this evening as Brexiteers consider whether it will be enough to ease their fears that the hated Northern Irish backstop would turn us into an EU colony forever.

As tomorrow’s Brexit vote remained on a knife edge, Mrs May told reporters her deal had secured the changes it needed for MPs to back her in the Commons.

The PM was “in negotiations” with EU bosses all evening, her deputy David Lidington said this evening.

Mrs May and her aides all looked pleased when they arrived in France this evening and went into talks about how to get the Brexit deal through.

She will still hold a second vote on her Brexit deal tomorrow – and could be expected to suffer a loss as the talks dragged on and on.

The documents revealed two sides agreed a joint interpretative instrument which commits the UK and EU “to work together to replace the backstop with alternative arrangements by December 2020.”

And it also included an addition to our future relationship outline – saying both sides will “expedite the negotiation and bring into force” the future partnership.

But talks appeared to be stuck over the final point – a UK statement which would help the Attorney General change his legal advice on whether the backstop would last forever or not.

Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer said the tweaks “adds nothing” to the deal and it still wouldn’t be good enough for them to get behind.

Iain Duncan Smith demanded the Attorney General come back to the Commons tomorrow to explain his expert opinion on the new deal.

He suggested the PM delay the vote for a day so MPs could properly consider the fresh text.

Mrs May’s scramble across to Europe was accidentally slipped out by Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney earlier, who said Mrs May was going “to try and finalise an agreement, if that’s possible”.

The Irish cabinet met too this evening, and the DUP’s Arlene Foster was in London talking to her MPs.

Top Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg said it was “too early to tell” but said it was “clearly a step in the right direction”.

Brexiteer Steve Baker said this evening he was waiting to see the text of the deal, telling Sky News: “We may or may not be able to support it.

“If in 5 to 10 years we found ourselves trapped in the backstop, in the customs union, people would rightly curse the day we had voted for the withdrawal agreement and ask why we’d been so weak.”

He added on Radio 4 it appeared tonight’s agreement was “something that has fallen short of what was expected”.

Their group of lawyers will meet tomorrow to analyse whether they think Britain can exit the backstop or not.

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BREAKING NEWS: Theresa May's Brexit deal is rejected

The Prime Minister’s Brexit deal has been rejected for a second time after MPs voted against her proposed agreement.

MPs voted 391 to 242 against Theresa May’s agreement.

Mrs May says MPs must choose between revoking article 50, holding a second referendum, or #Brexit with a different deal.

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Are Brexiteers Wobbling Towards May’s Deal?!

Looking at the media today you could be forgiven for thinking that the Brexiteers are just starting to cave in to the Prime Minister’s Brexit In Name Only (BRINO) deal.

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We have the DUP’s Sammy Wilson saying that his party would support Theresa May’s deal if she is able to get a defined backstop end date, as well as Tory Brexiteer Nadine Dorries giving out hints on how May’s deal could be made acceptable to her and even the arch Brexiteer and WTO Brexit advocate Jacob Rees Mogg, the chairman of the Tory party Eurosceptic European Research Group, saying that he would take May’s deal over Remaining.

And this sort of talk will give those frantically trying to resuscitate May’s deal, some glimmers of hope.

But how you can breathe life into something that was never really quite alive in the first place is beyond me.

However, this does of course really all hinge on whether our Prime Minister can bring back a legally binding change to the text of the Withdrawal Agreement that defines a solution to the Irish backstop issue that would be acceptable to MPs.

And I don’t think that will ever make it into the text.

But please do not get blinkered into thinking that the Irish backstop is the only thorny matter inside that awful deal of Theresa’s.

Even with a backstop solution we will, for example, still be bound to the EU, paying the EU, be under ECJ jurisdiction, tied to EU procurement rules until 2021 and it will have cost us £39 billion for the privilege. Then there’s the doubts over the impact it would have on the independence of our security, defence and foreign policies.

But more fundamentally, her deal will keep the current business uncertainty alive and thriving, to the detriment of our economy.

And the reason for that is, should we make the mistake of entering into this agreement, come the 30th March we will be starting an intense nearly two year round of negotiations with the EU to define what our relationship will look like at the end of the transition phase as we entered 2021.

Now, the PM has, because of her weakened position, offered parliament a say in how the talks are conducted. All that says to me is another two years of domestic political upheaval over the European Union.

So, let’s take today’s situation and apply that template to the transition phase.

We now have 65 days to go until Brexit Day and we’re in deadlock with the EU and within Westminster, heading hopefully for a WTO Brexit.

And, if we signed up to her deal, I would surmise that when, in about two years time, we are 65 days from the and of the transition phase, the future relationship will still not be settled and we’ll have parliament arguing again – especially if those same MPs are still there, and remember the next general election is not due until 2022!

And business will still not know what they’ll be expected to deal with, further damaging our economy.

Then there’ll be calls to go to the EU to extend the transition phase, now that would be a real Groundhog Day wouldn’t it?

And all the while the Remain campaign, which by then will be called the Rejoin campaign, will be demanding referendums on deals etc with re-entry into the EU as an option on the ballot paper. And all those currently Remain MPs would be a part of it.

The Article 50 process was designed to hold the nation attempting to Leave the EU back and return it to the fold.

The Withdrawal Agreement is much the same thing, but is a Rejoin vehicle bespoke for the UK.

And, despite Brexit day having been and gone, we’d still have the likes of Blair, Clarke, Adonis, Soubry, Clegg and Cable all putting their oars in, to try and steer the boat back into port EU.

How much longer can the people of the UK be expected to put up with this.

Let’s avoid all that uncertainty, by now embracing leaving the EU on WTO terms on the 29th March this year and get on with rediscovering our global heritage.

So, if our Brexiteer MPs are wobbling, I hope they bear all this in mind and resolve to keep the Brexit backbone stiff.


Jacob Rees-Mogg: ‘What Theresa May says and does no longer match’

Jacob Rees-Mogg has submitted a letter to Sir Graham Brady, chair of the 1922 Committee, requesting a no-confidence vote in Theresa May. Rees-Mogg, who rejected May’s Brexit deal just moments after it was published on Wednesday night, told reporters ‘this is nothing to do with personal ambition’ 
Jacob Rees-Mogg to send letter of no confidence in May