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Not enough parliamentary support to hold third Brexit vote, says Theresa May



The government currently lacks the parliamentary support to hold a third vote on its Brexit deal, Theresa May admitted in a statement to the House of Commons. She said the government would oppose an expected vote to allow MPs a series of indicative votes, warning that such a process could produce ‘unnegotiable’ results
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Theresa May ‘might cancel third meaningful Brexit vote' | ITV News



Theresa May’s hopes of getting her Brexit deal through Parliament have been dealt a huge blow after her key allies, the Democratic Unionists, attacked her “inexcusable” failure to come back from Brussels with any improvements.

If the DUP don’t support her and it becomes clear her deal won’t pass in the Commons, it’s thought she may cancel the third Meaningful Vote.

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Speaker says May cannot have vote on same Brexit deal



In a surprise statement to MPs, John Bercow says government cannot bring meaningful vote back to parliament again unless substantial changes have been made to the prime minister’s Brexit deal. The Speaker said there had been much speculation about another meaningful vote after MPs expressed concerns about being asked to vote on May’s deal more than once
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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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