Only two constituencies support Theresa May's Brexit deal

Only two constituencies support Theresa May's Brexit deal

After a string of humiliating parliamentary defeats for May the day before cast new doubt over her ability to get a deal approved, United States investment bank J P Morgan said the chances of Britain calling off Brexit altogether had increased.

Sir Graham told BBC Two's Newsnight: "I think the most important thing is to have clarity about how we might remove ourselves from a backstop ... if we were to enter into one in the future".

But, on a day when Theresa May suffered three Brexit defeats in the Commons - in which ministers agreed to publish the government's full legal advice on the deal - Mr Benyon justified his decision to rebel against his party in search of a "pragmatic" Brexit.

They said that the country would be less safe if it lost access to databases that were used by police to track terrorists and criminals. He said: 'The idea there's an option of renegotiating at the 11th hour is simply a delusion. "MPs, who are not trained lawyers, need to be fully aware of the implications and ramifications of the Brexit deal from a legal perspective". "Either will leave us a fractured society and divided nation".

In legal advice the government was forced to publish on Wednesday, the government's top lawyer warned there was a risk Britain could get stuck in "protracted and repeating rounds of negotiations" to reach a deal to supersede the backstop.

"It is clear from the Attorney General's advice on the legal effect of the protocol on Northern Ireland to the Prime Minister and her Cabinet colleagues that we were right to advocate its full publication and we have been vindicated in our opposition to the backstop arrangements contained within the Withdrawal Agreement", said Nigel Dodds, the DUP leader in the Commons.

In one small potential change, May said she was speaking to lawmakers about giving Parliament a bigger role in deciding whether to trigger a so-called Northern Irish backstop.

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That is because Northern Ireland and Great Britain would be in such a customs union on different legal terms. The Democratic Unionists, who help prop up the May government, have expressed concerns about the backstop plan.

"The question is: do we go into the backstop?"

The prime minister has suggested that MPs could be "given a role" in deciding whether to activate the backstop, and on Thursday night, a Tory backbench amendment was laid down meant to do that.

Former foreign minister and leading Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson said May was wrong to say parliament might be able to choose whether to trigger the backstop or extend a transition period, under which more European Union membership terms would apply.

During Prime Minister's Questions, East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell accused the prime minister of allowing the Irish border to become a "negotiating ploy" by the European Union, adding that the backstop was based on a "false political assertion".

She said: "I was hugely disappointed when the national result was revealed to be in favour of leaving, and locally the results were in favour of leave too".

The prime minister has insisted the vote on the withdrawal agreement will take place on Tuesday and will dispatch 30 ministers to "all corners of the UK" today in a bid to shore up support.

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