By a 20-point margin, voters as a whole said MPs should “vote to reject the agreement even if it is not clear what the outcome would then be”.
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Yesterday in the Commons. More opponents than supporters of the Prime Minister’s deal on the Conservative backbenchers.
That said, there was more backing for her from her party than some of today’s headlines suggest.
He says that the Withdrawal Agreement must be amended to strip out the Northern Ireland backstop.
“The draft text that we have agreed…honours the vote of the British people while taking back control of our borders, laws and money.”
May says Brexit may be “somehow delayed”. How so, if it can’t be without her consent – that’s to say, the Government’s?
It is very hard to see how the Commons could stop a no deal Brexit without forcing a general election. Assuming the Prime Minister keeps her word.
He refers to a commitment in the December joint report to the province having the final say on divergence.
May rebuffs the Gang of Five. “The Withdrawal Agreement has been agreed in full.” Her CBI speech: full text.
“That agreement is a good one for the UK. It fulfils the wishes of the British people as expressed in the 2016 referendum.”
Nicky Morgan: If arch-Brexiteers sink this agreement, they will drive many Conservative MPs to back a second referendum
My conversations with Party members and constituents have provided an almost consistent message that the Prime Minister should be supported.
David Davis: There has long been an alternative to this discredited deal. It’s the Canada-style plan that Tusk and Barnier offered us.
If we need to leave with no deal and negotiate a free trade agreement during the transition period, so be it.
“On the 30th March one thing is certain, that we will have left the EU. But if the deal is voted down that would prolong uncertainty and chaos.”
From an analysis of the Withdrawal Agreement’s text: How the Irish protocol would separate Great Britain from Northern Ireland.
It can’t have been Parliament’s intention to allow Northern Ireland to form part of a separate customs territory to Great Britain for any purpose.
“I still think a deal could be done. But it is very late in the day now, and we need to change course.”
“And the backstop can only ever be temporary…under the legal arrangements of the European Union.”
“I believe there is a majority in Parliament that would support a permanent customs arrangement with the European Union.”
May won’t yield to their demand for renegotiation unless she believes that at least some of them will quit. And on the basis of last week, why would she?