Brexit news – live: Theresa May urges MPs to back her deal in last-ditch speech after EU reassurances over Irish backstop

Theresa May has warned parliament may block Brexit, as former Tory ministers wrote to MPs urging them vote down her deal on the eve of the meaningful vote.

Talking at a manufacturing unit in Stoke on the day earlier than MPs vote on her withdrawal settlement, the prime minister claimed some in Westminster will use “each gadget obtainable to them” to “delay and even cease Brexit”.

Ms Might mentioned add public religion within the democratic course of and in politicians would undergo “catastrophic hurt” if the results of the 2016 referendum was overruled.

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A fast replace on what we expect for the remainder of at this time…


At 3.00pm, Nick Boles, Sir Oliver Letwin and Nicky Morgan will publish their full plan for giving Parliament management of Brexit if Theresa Might can’t get her deal via.


Round 5.00pm, Theresa Might will give a press release within the Commons on the letters despatched at this time by Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk.


After that, the penultimate day of the Commons debate on the Brexit deal will start, with Liam Fox, the worldwide commerce secretary, resulting from open it and Philip Hammond, the chancellor, anticipated to shut it. 



Labour MP Tulip Siddiq is delaying her caesarean with a purpose to participate in tomorrow’s “significant vote”, the Night Normal experiences. 


Stories recommend the plan being put ahead by Tory rebels to provide Parliament management of Brexit if the federal government can’t move its deal consists of provisions for revoking Article 50, experiences recommend.


Based on The Instances, the plot being devised by senior Tories Sir Oliver Letwin, Nick Boles and Nicky Morgan would see instruct Theresa Might to increase Article 50 MP don’t approve a Brexit deal inside six weeks. If the EU refuses, she must revoke Article 50. 


The invoice would introduce a transparent mechanism for delaying or reversing Brexit the place one doesn’t at present exist. 

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Responding to the publication of letters from Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker, Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer says:


“The prime minister has as soon as once more didn’t ship.


“This can be a good distance from the numerous and legally efficient dedication the prime minister promised final month. It’s a reiteration of the EU’s present place. As soon as once more, nothing has modified.”

Theresa Might is requested, by the Day by day Mail, in regards to the prospect of staying in a customs union with the EU. She once more guidelines this out, saying it might cease the UK making commerce offers with international locations all over the world.


Sky Information asks the prime minister if she is assured she will be able to get her deal via Parliament tomorrow. She says she is engaged on this, however once more refuses to say that she thinks she’s going to succeed. 



Theresa Might is now onto questions.


BBC Information ask if she genuinely believes she will be able to win tomorrow’s vote. The prime minister says she is talking to colleagues and can proceed to take action at this time and tomorrow. Some MPs have modified their view and at the moment are saying they may again the deal, she says, however refuses to say the thinks she will be able to win.


ITV Information asks why Parliament should not seize management of Brexit. Might says what’s vital is delivering on the results of the referendum. She is anxious about “the true prospect that we may see individuals in Parliament making an attempt to function in a means that frustrates Brexit”.

Speaking about this morning’s letters from Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker, Theresa Might admits she “didn’t obtain” a legally-binding assure on the backstop, and that the EU was clear it might not re-open negotiations on the withdrawal settlement, however says she has secured “invaluable new clarifications and assurances”, together with a transparent assertion that the long run UK-EU relationship doesn’t should be primarily based on the phrases of the backstop.



Theresa Might says failure to ship Brexit would trigger “catastrophic hurt”, including: “We have by no means had a referendum on this nation the place we now have no honoured the consequence”. 


She does, nevertheless, change the road in regards to the Welsh devolution referendum after it emerged that the unique line, launched by No 10 as a preview, was false (see earlier submit).


As a substitute of claiming the results of that referendum was “accepted by each side” (it wasn’t – the Tories opposed it), she says it was “accepted by Parliament”.

Theresa Might says there are clearly completely different views on the implications of a no-deal Brexit.


She says her personal view is that “whereas we may finally make successful of no deal, it might trigger important disruption within the short-term”. 


She once more tells MPs that the one strategy to keep away from no deal is to vote for her proposed settlement. 

Theresa Might is now talking in Stoke.


She says: 


“In June 2016, the British individuals have been requested by MPs to take a call: ought to the UK stay a member of the European Union or ought to it go away?


“In that marketing campaign, each side disagreed on many issues, however on one factor they have been united: what the British individuals determined, the politicians would implement.


“Within the run-up to the vote, the Authorities despatched a leaflet to each family making the case for stay. It said very clearly: ‘That is your determination. The Authorities will implement what you determine.’


“These have been the phrases on which individuals solid their votes. If a majority had backed stay, the UK would have continued as an EU member state.


“Little question the disagreements would have continued too, however the overwhelming majority of individuals would have had no truck with an argument that we should always go away the EU despite a vote to stay or that we should always return to the query in one other referendum.”




Breaking… Right here they’re. After weeks of pleas from the British authorities, the EU has issued two letters “clarifying” its place on the Northern Eire backstop.


The letters, from European Fee president Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council president Donald Tusk, each state that the EU desires the backstop to be non permanent. However with no legal-binding ensures and no clear time restrict on the mechanism, they’re extremely unlikely to persuade many Brexiteers to drop their opposition to Ms Might’s deal.


Theresa Might‘s Brexit speech in Stoke is due to get underway shortly. It will likely be attention-grabbing to see whether or not she drops the road evaluating Brexit to the 1997 referendum on Welsh devolution.


The components of the speech that Downing Road launched upfront included a declare that each one events had accepted the results of the Welsh individuals’s vote in favour of organising a devolved meeting. She was resulting from say:


“When the individuals of Wales voted by a margin of 0.Three per cent, on a turnout of simply over 50 per cent, to endorse the creation of the Welsh Meeting, that consequence was accepted by each side and the favored legitimacy of that establishment has by no means significantly been questioned.


That shortly unravelled when it emerged that Ms Might herself voted in opposition to devolution, regardless of the referendum consequence, and the Conservatives’ 2005 manifesto pledged to carry one other referendum on whether or not to maintain the Welsh Meeting or abolish it.

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Lodge large Travelodge is to focus on unemployed dad and mom because it seems to be to deal with a Brexit recruitment disaster amid a decline in candidates from EU international locations.

The agency’s boss saying Travelodge can now not watch for Theresa Might to come back up with a plan and as an alternative might be launching its personal hiring programme to assist dad and mom return to work.

Chief govt Peter Gowers mentioned:

We have turn out to be extra proactive. We will not wait round like two males on a park bench ready for Godot for the Authorities to determine what the post-Brexit machine goes to be.

We’re making ready in earnest for post-Brexit Britain. With hundreds of recent jobs to fill, we’d like extra new colleagues than ever.


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“What if we discovered ourselves in a scenario the place parliament tried to take the UK out of the EU in opposition to a Stay vote?” she mentioned.

“Folks’s religion within the democratic course of and their politicians would undergo catastrophic hurt.”

Ms Might’s warnings have been rejected by twelve former Tory ministers, believed to incorporate Boris Johnson and former Brexit secretaries David Davis and Dominic Raab, who have written to MPs calling on them to vote down her proposals.

They argue that it’ll encourage the EU to come back again to the negotiating desk and if Brussels refuses to reopen talks then MPs must be ready to depart and not using a deal, in keeping with the Day by day Telegraph.

Over 1,000 phrases lengthy and reportedly despatched to each Conservative MP, the letter warns of “dire” penalties on the poll field Ms Might’s deal is handed.

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