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Another UK govt minister quits over Brexit deal

03 December 2018, 11:23 | Erica Roy

Anti-Brexit demonstrators protest outside the Houses of Parliament in London Britain

Anti-Brexit demonstrators protest outside the Houses of Parliament in London

A vote last month said the full advice should be made available to MPs.

She arrives back in the United Kingdom on Sunday, ahead of an intense week of efforts to shore up support in Parliament for her Brexit deal ahead of the crucial December 11 vote.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has said the Government can win the crucial Commons vote on Theresa May's Brexit deal on 11 December, although he acknowledged that it would be "challenging".

On Wednesday in Brussels, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier insisted Britain would not be able to renegotiate the withdrawal deal agreed by Mrs May and European Union leaders. Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson has already dismissed anxieties over a no-deal Brexit by comparing them to fears over the Millennium bug, while former Brexit secretary David Davis declared that "I don't find "no deal" intimidating at all".

"We've got a wish-list of aspirations that we intend to negotiate with the European Union (after) we've lost our voice, our veto and our vote", he told Sky News.

In the increasingly likely event therefore that May loses next week's vote, Labour will nearly certainly seize on it as an opportunity to bring down her government - which is now propped up by an unsteady alliance with the right-wing Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), that is itself expected to vote against the deal.

"I will be talking with members of Parliament obviously and explaining to them why I believe this is a good deal for the UK".

The backstop is created to prevent a hard border between European Union member the Republic of Ireland, and Brexiting Northern Ireland - which many fear could lead to a return to violence in the region.

Wright told BBC radio on Saturday that people rejecting May's deal should compare it to the alternatives, and not an "idealized" vision of Brexit.

When Matt asked Mr Gyimah why he left it so long before he resigned, he said: "We've only seen the withdrawal agreement in the last 2-3 weekend, and resigning isn't easy".

Starmer also said that Labour would press for contempt proceedings against the government if May fails to produce the full legal advice she has received on her Brexit deal.

"There is also a termination clause which allows the backstop to be turned off when we've fulfilled our commitments on the Northern Ireland border".

"Because, but for the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, the convention was always if a government loses what's called a confidence vote - something of such significance - then that government has to go". We have got him over a barrel of herring and mackerel because he wants that access to our waters.

"With ministers warning a defeat could derail Brexit altogether, today a separate cross-party group of MPs calls for parliament to support an amendment for another referendum at the earliest opportunity".

The Prime Minister, meanwhile, ruled out on Thursday a Norway-style divorce and accused Labour of forcing a "no deal" Brexit by declining to give its backing to her deal.

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