The Withdrawal Agreement is far from ideal, but strip it of its worst fault – the backstop – and we can build a viable majority to proceed.
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“The trouble is, that the Government has never tabled any substantial legal changes to the Backstop.”
Paul Bew: The Backstop would undermine the Good Friday Agreement – but there is a way out of this paralysis
Under international law, it can only be a temporary arrangement – and this must be put in explicit, legally binding, terms.
He advised the man who co-won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the Belfast Agreement – and argues that the backstop breaches it.
Nicky Morgan: This Brexit logjam is holding up positive politics. Now the Prime Minister must break it.
The way to head these moves off – and this development is anticipated in the Cooper Bill which I am supporting – is to put an agreement in place.
Stella Creasy & Debbie Abrahams: A referendum got us here. Now let a Citizens’ Assembly – and more direct democracy – take us forward.
We want to learn from what other Parliaments have done when faced with difficult choices. Such an assembly would report back within ten weeks.
The Health Secretary says he “emphatically” does not want No Deal, but it is “incumbent” on those who share that view to support a solution.
Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister is blunt: “We have already agreed to a series of compromises.”
She insists to Marr that she is trying to deliver a “good deal”, not to disrupt Brexit.
The Brexiteer backbencher argues the EU is “starting to get a reality check now” about the real possibility of inflexibility causing No Deal.
He sets out his view on why so many of his constituents in Mid Norfolk plumped for Leave.
WATCH: Rayner – “I think that if we end up with a second referendum we will have failed the public.”
Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary tacks her personal view on to a defence of Labour’s corporate position.
“When people say take no deal off the table – you can’t just take a negative away you have to replace it with something”
The Speaker is unlikely to select backbench amendments designed to help her, so her least bad option is a Government one.
Richard Kemp and Lee Rotherham: The backstop’s not the only danger in May’s deal. Its defence plans will undermine NATO.
The UK will then, by negligence, have contributed to a catastrophic defence rift between the continents of Europe and North America.