Published: Sun, December 09, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Theresa May presses on with Brexit vote as MPs demand better deal

Theresa May presses on with Brexit vote as MPs demand better deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal was condemned as "a huge step into the unknown" by a committee of lawmakers responsible for scrutinizing it, in the latest blow to her efforts to win parliamentary approval for it this week.

The UK PM office at 10 Downing Street also confirmed that the historic vote would go ahead on Tuesday, according to the Financial Times.

However she said should the deal be voted down, she would prefer a so-called Norway Plus model for Brexit that would involve staying part of the European Economic Area.

"The vote is going ahead because it's a good deal and it's the only deal", he said, adding that MPs should allow "the flawless to be the enemy of the good".

He said: "If parliament does not agree a Brexit deal soon, then we must recognise that the original mandate to leave, taken over two years ago, will begin to date and will, eventually, no longer represent a reflection of current intent".

"We have a leader of the Opposition who thinks of nothing but attempting to bring about a general election, no matter what the cost to the country".

Analysis by ITV News Anglia of the comments and speeches of MPs in the Anglia region suggests as many of half of the Conservative backbenchers will vote against the government deal.

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Mr Kwarteng was upbeat about the government's chances, telling Sky News they had a "good shot at winning" because "the deal is a strong deal".

Shadow sports minister Rosena Allin-Khan said it was "time to take the Brexit decision back to the people".

It also said May's deal had avoided making choices about the future relationship with the European Union, meaning that negotiations would be needed which would likely go on for "a number of years". To the east of the city the "People's Vote" group held a rally calling for a second referendum.

Of the 60 Conservative MPs in the Anglia region, 20 are on the government payroll as ministers or whips and so would be expected to support the deal or resign.

Asked to give an "absolute, categorical promise" that he would not stand against the Prime Minister, Mr Johnson said: "I will give you an absolute, categorical promise that I will continue to advocate what I think is the most sensible plan".

The ex-foreign secretary quit the government in July over the Chequers proposal.

Ahead of the Commons showdown, controversial activist Tommy Robinson will lead a pro-Brexit march in London on Sunday - with a rival counter-demonstration set to oppose it.

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