Hardline Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg will back Theresa May’s Brexit deal – as long as the Democratic Unionist Party does the same.
The Brextremist and chairman of the highly influential European Research Group made the admission at a meeting of the group’s MPs in Parliament tonight, a source said.
His backing would be a huge boost for the Prime Minister’s twice-defeated deal as she seeks to build support ahead of plans to bring it back a third time.
But it could end up being of little use as the DUP remains bitterly opposed to the deal and seem highly unlikely to vote for it in its current form.
In a sign of strained relationship the DUP’s Westminster leader Nigel Dodds appeared to be shaking with rage as he accused Theresa May of a ‘fundamental lack of preparation’ for No Deal.
He said the Government had known for ‘considerable time’ the UK was due to leave the EU on March 29 – but still wanted an extension for a fortnight.
He said: ‘What will change in 2 weeks?’ before savaging her for agreeing to the Irish backstop ‘when it is the thing that bedevils her agreement’ and Ireland and the EU say the Northern Irish border will remain open in the event of a No Deal.
In London ist alles wieder offen: Theresa May ist mit ihrem Abkommen grandios gescheitert. Nur 202 Abgeordnete stimmten für den Deal, 432 dagegen. Wie es jetzt weiter geht mit dem Brexit – auf die Frage hat wohl derzeit niemand eine Antwort. An einen Rücktritt denkt die britische Premierministerin trotz historischer Niederlage offensichtlich nicht. Auch Labours Misstrauensvotum hat wohl kaum Chancen. Die Forderungen nach einem zweiten Referendum werden lauter.
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In the UK, the Attorney General’s legal advice on Theresa May’s Brexit deal has been published. This comes after MPs voted to find the government in contempt of parliament for ignoring a commons vote demanding publication. Another blow to the Prime Minister on Tuesday was the vote that MPs should have more say if the commons votes down her deal. Today they are debating the immigration and security aspects of her deal. They’ll decide whether to accept it next week.
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