Published: Sun, December 09, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

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 has yet to get her Brexit deal approved by parliament, even though the United Kingdom is due to leave the bloc on March 29.

A No 10 spokesperson said the vote was going ahead on Tuesday as planned and that any other suggestions were "speculation".

"It breaks my heart that after all we have campaigned for that we should consign ourselves to a future in which the European Union effectively rules us in many, many respects and yet we have no say round the table in Brussels".

"As we get closer to the vote there will be a focussing of minds as to the uncertainty that will happen if we don't go ahead", he said.

"As someone who cares passionately about my country and my party, I believe Jeremy Corbyn getting his hands on power is a risk we can not afford to take".

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.

"We have got a good shot of winning".

Rudd also said she would not rule out a second referendum and suggested she would back remaining in the European Union if one was held.

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One cabinet minister told The Observer that the PM was so committed to the deal that "a second referendum could now be the only way of getting it". "We can not go down that route".

"What we would urge her to do is either call a general election - because she wouldn't have the confidence of Parliament to carry on as Prime Minister and when a Government that can't pass a key policy proposal such as this, I question their legitimacy to carry on". To the east of the city the "People's Vote" group held a rally calling for a second referendum.

But Mrs May insisted her deal was the best way for Brexiteers to get the United Kingdom out of the European Union.

Former Brexit secretary Mr Davis warned the Tory leadership not to attempt to "bully" MPs into supporting a "failed strategy".

"If the government's main priority is to secure EU-UK trade that is as frictionless as possible, it must decide how far it is willing to follow EU rules".

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".

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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