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Chief whip Julian Smith is reportedly urging backbenchers on both the Leave and Remain sides to support a move backed by senior Tory Sir Graham Brady which would see the backstop terms replaced by “alternative arrangements”. Mrs May’s allies in the Democratic Unionist Party are preparing to throw her a lifeline by backing the amendment, according to the Daily Telegraph. The contentious Irish backstop is a major sticking point for Brexiteers who fear the terms could trap Britain in a customs union with the EU indefinitely.

And if Sir Graham’s amendment receives sufficient support, Mrs May could use the result to pressure EU negotiators to re-open talks, BuzzFeed News reports.

However EU leaders have insisted there will be no renegotiation of the legally binding aspect of the Brexit deal.

But comments by the bloc’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier this week prompted speculation the EU is secretly working on alternatives to the backstop.



Brexit news: MPs are being urged to back an amendment which could save Mrs May’s deal (Image: GETTY)

9.30pm: Justice Secretary ‘could resign’ rather than back no-deal Brexit

The head of the Ministry of Justice has said he would have to “consider my position” if the Government decided to pursue a no-deal Brexit.

Asked if he believed it would be “pretty disastrous” for the UK to leave the EU without a deal, Justice Secretary David Gauke told the BBC: “Yes, I do.”

Pressed on whether he would resign rather than back a no-deal exit, Mr Gauke said: “What I have said repeatedly is if there is a conscious choice ‘right, that’s it, we’re going no deal’ when there are other options available, that would be something I would find extremely difficult.

“And, given the requirements of collective responsibility, then, obviously, I’d have to consider my position.”

Justice Secretary David Gauke

Justice Secretary David Gauke hinted he may resign rather than support a no-deal Brexit (Image: GETTY IMAGES)

9.15pm: Second referendum ‘risks serious damage’ to democracy – key Corbyn ally

A key ally of Jeremy Corbyn has provoked tension within Labour ranks by warning that a second Brexit referendum risks damaging the relationship between voters and politicians.

Ian Lavery noted that his party was keeping the option of a new referendum on the table, but expressed concern at the consequences if such a vote was called.

Writing in the Guardian, Mr Lavery, who is chairman of the Labour Party, said: “We should be in no doubt that asking the voters to vote again on an issue they have already given an answer, until they come up with the right answer, risks serious damage to the relationship between many citizens and politicians at Westminster.

“A radical, redistributive Labour government is the answer to the woes of our country and for our communities, not rerunning a divisive campaign that seems likely to deliver the same result again and do nothing to answer the demand of a country crying out for real change.”

Labour MP Ian Lavery

Labour MP Ian Lavery warned a second referendum could damage the relationship between voters and MPs (Image: GETTY IMAGES)

8.30pm: No-deal Brexit ‘extremely difficult’, Treasury minister warns

Leaving the European Union without a deal could be “extremely difficult” in the short to medium term, Financial Secretary to the Treasury Mel Stride has warned.

The MP for Central Devon also said a hard border in Ireland would seemingly be impossible to avoid, though he insisted the UK would not enforce one.

In an interview with Parliament’s The House magazine, he said: “In the short-to-medium term, I think it could be extremely difficult.”

On the frontier between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic in the event of a no-deal Brexit, he said: “We would ostensibly have to have a hard border there.

“We are not going to impose a hard border, but the EU will presumably be insisting that the Irish government goes in that direction otherwise they damage the integrity of the single market.”

Mel Stride and Chancellor Philip Hammond

Mel Stride (R) warned a no-deal Brexit would be ‘extremely difficult’ in the short to medium term (Image: GETTY IMAGES)

8pm: Brexit amendments explained

Parliament will vote on a series of amendments to Theresa May’s deal on Tuesday, but what impact would the key changes have on Brexit, and are they likely to pass?

– Labour frontbench amendment

Tabled by Jeremy Corbyn, this seeks to rule out a “disastrous no deal” by considering alternatives to a hard Brexit, including pursuing Labour’s policy of a permanent customs union with the EU and holding a second referendum.

It is unlikely to be approved as pro-EU Tory MPs have indicated they will not rebel against their party by supporting it.

– Cooper amendment

Put forward by Home Affairs Select Committee chair Yvette Cooper, this seeks to avert an imminent no deal by extending Article 50 and delaying Brexit.

This could receive enough support to pass because Labour has indicated it will whip its MPs to back it. The amendment is also supported by several Tories who are staunchly against leaving with no deal.

– Grieve amendment

Tabled by former attorney general and pro-EU Tory Dominic Grieve, this would also attempt to block a no-deal Brexit by forcing the Government to make time for alternatives to be debated in the days before March 29.

This could also pass as it has support from both the Tory and opposition benches.

– Murrison amendment

This amendment, supported by Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee, would require the controversial Irish border backstop in Mrs May’s deal to be replaced by “alternative arrangements to avoid a hard border”.

Reports suggest Downing Street is attempting to convince MPs to back this amendment to give the Prime Minister the ammunition she needs to return to Brussels and demand a change to the contentious backstop.

However the wording of the backstop already states it will only kick in if a trade deal or technological solution fails to prevent a hard border, so even if MPs do back the amendment it is unclear whether the EU would agree to change its offer.

Dominic Grieve

Pro-EU Tory Dominic Grieve is attempting to block no-deal Brexit by forcing debate on alternatives (Image: GETTY IMAGES)

7pm: Sinn Fein slams Varadkar border remarks – ’Reckless and irresponsible!’

Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald described Mr Varadkar’s remarks as “reckless and irresponsible”.

She said: “They are totally contrary to previous assertions regarding the Government’s commitment to the backstop.

“The Taoiseach has consistently ruled out a border poll on Irish unity. Today he paints a doomsday scenario of a return of soldiers to the border in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

“If that is the case then the only way to prevent such a scenario is by affording the Irish people their say in the form of a border poll on Irish unity.”

Mr Varadkar had earlier described a worst-case scenario Brexit in which he envisioned “possibly a police presence or army presence” on the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

A Government spokesman later issued a statement to clarify Mr Varadkar was not referring to the Irish Army.

The spokesman said: “The Taoiseach made it clear in the interview that the Government is determined to avoid a no-deal scenario and the consequent risk of a hard border.”

Andrea Leadsom

Andrea Leadsom has floated the possibility of delaying Brexit by a ‘couple weeks’ (Image: REUTERS)

6pm: Leadsom floats possibility of delay to Brexit

Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom has said it would be feasible for Britain to be given “a couple of extra weeks” by the EU to get Brexit legislation passed if required.

She told the BBC: “We can get the legislation through and I think we do, in spite of everything, have a very strong relationship with our EU friends and neighbours and I am absolutely certain that if we needed a couple of extra weeks or something then that would be feasible.”

Asked whether this would be an extension of Article 50, she said: “It doesn’t necessarily mean that. Think carefully about it. With goodwill (we) can still get legislation through in good time.”

5.30pm: Irish opposition blasts Varadkar over Brexit border remarks – ’how does this help our case?’

The head of the Irish opposition party Fianna Fail has condemned comments by Leo Varadkar over the return of troops to the Northern Ireland border.

Micheal Martin said the Taoiseach had “contradicting everything that we have been told” about preparations for a no-deal Brexit.

Mr Martin, whose party props up Mr Varadkar’s Fine Gael through a confidence and supply agreement, tweeted: “When the Taoiseach tells an audience in Davos that the Army may have to be sent to the border, he is contradicting everything that we have been told (by him and the Tánaiste) about preparations.

“It is hard to see how this helps our case.”

4.30pm: Downing Street ‘could reopen’ Brexit talks if MPs support backstop amendment – report

The Tory Party’s chief whip has reportedly told MPs that the Government could reopen Brexit talks with the EU if Parliament backs an amendment designed to replace the controversial Irish border backstop with “alternative arrangements”.

Chief whip Julian Smith has met with both Remain and Leave-backing MPs in a bid to convince them to support an amendment tabled by 1922 committee chairman Graham Brady, BuzzFeed News reports, citing a source familiar with the discussion.

The legally-binding Brady amendment would replace the divisive backstop terms with “alternative arrangements to avoid a hard border”.

It is understood that Downing Street hopes if enough MPs are convinced to back it, Brussels would then be pressured to re-open talks in a bid to salvage Theresa May’s floundering deal.

The EU has consistently refused to make any concessions on the Irish border backstop, though comments from the bloc’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, prompted speculation this week that Brussels is secretly working on alternatives.

Brexit news: Sir Graham Brady

An amendment by senior Tory Sir Graham Brady could salvage Mrs May’s Brexit deal (Image: GETTY IMAGES)

3.20pm: Varadkar ‘NOT referring to Irish soldiers on border’

Leo Varadkar has walked back his earlier comments on the prospect of troops deployed to the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic after Brexit.

The Irish premier had earlier warned if Britain’s exit from the EU goes “very wrong” there could be a return of armed customs posts along the frontier.

Asked to describe what a hard border would look like if the outcome of Brexit was a worst-case, Mr Varadkar said: “It would involve customs posts, it would involve people in uniform and it may involve the need, for example, for cameras, physical infrastructure, possibly a police presence or army presence to back it up.”

But an Irish Government spokesman has now insisted the Taoiseach was not suggesting Irish troops would need to be deployed.

The spokesman said: “The Taoiseach made it clear in the interview that the Government is determined to avoid a no-deal scenario and the consequent risk of a hard border.

“He was asked to describe a hard border, and gave a description of what it used to look like, and the risk of what it could look like in the worst-case scenario.

“He was not referring to Irish personnel and the Irish Government has no plans to deploy infrastructure or personnel at the border.”

Harvey Gavin taking over live reporting from Carly Read. 

British solider on Irish border

British troops operated checkpoints on the Irish border during the Troubles (Image: GETTY IMAGES)

1.45pm update: Passport CHAOS could see 3.5million invalid after Brexit

Brexit could render more than 3.5million passports useless to Britons travelling to European countries within the Schengen zone.

Passports with up to 15 months of valid travel time left with be deemed useless for travel in Europe’s free movement zone if the UK leaves under a no deal, the Government admitted.

Legislation has allowed British passports to be renewed early to be valid for up to 10 years and nine months.

But after the UK leaves the bloc on March 29, maroon coloured passports will be phased out and traditional blue passports gradually introduced.

If the Government fails to reach a Brexit deal, the extra nine months on a renewed passport will not be accepted in the Schengen area, a zone that covers 26 European states, including popular destinations such as France, Germany, Italy and Spain.


Brexit could render more than 3.5million passports useless (Image: GETTY)

12.55pm update: Ireland warn they could arm the Ireland border with SOLDIERS if there’s a no-deal Brexit

Leo Varadkar has claimed soldiers might have to return to the border with Northern Ireland if Brexit goes wrong as he turned up the heat on Theresa May prior to next week’s crunch vote.

In a worst-case scenario, a hard border could “involve people in uniform and it may involve the need, for example, for cameras, physical infrastructure, possibly a police presence, or an army presence to back it up,” Mr Varadkar said.

He told Bloomberg: ”The problem with that in the context of Irish politics and history is those things become targets.”


Jacob Rees-Mogg sent a stern warning to Labour’s Yvette Cooper (Image: GETTY/TALKRADIO)

12.05pm update: Rees-Mogg’s stern WARNING to Yvette Cooper about Brexit amendment

Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg sent a stern warning to Labour’s Yvette Cooper claiming the Remainer MP was “unconstitutionally” breaching Parliamentary conventions that may be used against her should Labour be in Government one day.

The Chair of European Research Group (ERG) told TalkRADIO he believed Yvette Cooper’s attempt to derail the Brexit process was “unconstitutional”.

He said: “I think the amendment and the approach is unconstitutional and breaches centuries of conventions.

“And I think MPs who do this should be careful because one day they may be in Government and at that stage, they would then find that these conventions may be used against them.”

The Labour MP tabled an amendment to Theresa May’s Brexit deal in an attempt to delay the Brexit deadline until 31 December 2019. But Jacob Rees-Mogg warned the Remainer MP the move could backfire on her party should they win the next general election.

11.45am update: EU’s flawed Brexit demand EXPOSED as spokesman rages while challenged on Barnier

European Commission chief spokesman Margaritas Schinas told a reporter to “write whatever you like” after being challenged on Michel Barnier’s controversial comments on the Brexit backstop.

The childish reaction exposes the bloc’s contradictory position on the Irish backstop – demanding one if put in place while admitting it is not needed.

The chief spokesman for the European Commission became defensive when questioned on Michel Barnier’s remarks over the Brexit backstop, and told a reporter to “write whatever you like”.

Mr Schinas also admitted he felt “a bit lost in the question”.

Speaking during a press conference, The Telegraph’s James Crisp asked for clarification on the EU chief negotiator’s comments about the backstop, to which Mr Schinas replied “You can write whatever you like, I’m here to express the position of the Commission”.


Margaritas Schinas told a reporter to “write whatever you like” (Image: EC Audiovisual Services)

11.35am update: Varadkar claims Republic of Ireland is being ‘victimised’ by Brexit

Ireland’s Leo Varadkar said Ireland is being victimised in the Brexit process.

Speaking on Bloomberg TV, Mr Varadkar said Ireland had already compromised in the Brexit negotiations and that withdrawal of the UK from the EU was potentially going to cause a lot of harm to other countries.

He said: “We’re the ones already giving. The UK wanted a review clause in the backstop and we agreed to that, the UK wanted a UK-wide element, so why is it the country that is being victimised is the one that’s always asked to give?”


Ireland’s Leo Varadkar said Ireland is being victimised in the Brexit process (Image: GETTY)

11.10am update: Brexit ‘weakening EU economy’ warns European Central Bank boss as Eurozone bonds drop

European Central Bank (ECB) Mario Draghi acknowledged Britain’s departure from the EU as one of the major reasons the bloc’s financial economy is plummeting.

Core euro zone bond yields fell to two-week lows after an ECB news conference that saw Mr Draghi blame Brexit and the bloc’s trade war with the US for the plunge.

The yield on Germany’s 10-year government bond, the benchmark for the region, fell 4.6 basis points on Thursday, its biggest one-day drop since January 2.

French 10-year government bond yields also fell by almost five basis points to 0.59 percent, while Spanish 10-year government bond yields dropped 8.2 basis points, the biggest one-day fall since June, to 1.25 percent.

10.45am update: Britain uses Brexit as leverage to scrap EU barriers for UK banks

Britain is using Brexit as leverage to seek to end EU regulations on UK banks.

Parliament’s Treasury Committee will tomorrow launch an inquiry into the Government’s priority on banking amid Brexit negations and whether current third-party regulations implied by third-party member states can be binned after March 29.

Chair Nicky Morgan said the investigation will find out “whether it would be in the long-term interests of the U.K. to align closely with EU financial rules, or to forgo financial-services trade with the EU and pursue trade with other third countries”.


Britain is using Brexit as leverage to seek to end EU regulations on UK banks (Image: GETTY)

10.40am update: UK signs insurance trade deal with Switzerland

Britain has signed an agreement allowing its insurance sector to continue trading freely with Switzerland after Brexit.

Chancellor Philip Hammond and Swiss president Ueli Maurer agreed the deal, which will come into force when the current agreement between the EU and Switzerland ceases to apply to the UK, during a meeting at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

The new arrangement replicates the existing EU-Swiss agreement, and is part of Britain’s efforts to cement closer relationships with key financial markets ahead of Brexit.

Switzerland is one of the world’s largest investors in UK finance, and the UK-Swiss Direct Insurance Agreement will enable firms to trade more easily owing to the mutual recognition of each other’s insurance regulations.

Mr Hammond said: “The UK insurance industry contributes approximately £35 billion to our economy and employs over 324,000 people.

“Links to financial industries like the Swiss insurance market are important for global financial systems and it’s vital that trade continues between our two countries so firms have the certainty they need to continue to do business and invest in the UK’s bright future.”

10.30am update: Jaguar Land Rover factories to close for extra week over Brexit chaos fears

Jaguar Land Rover will shut down factories across the UK for an a week after the March 29 deadline following fears of potential disruptions from Brexit.

The car giant said it would halt production from April 8 to 12 with an additional three days for maintenance up until April 15.

A spokesman said: “Today, Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed this year’s holiday dates to employees across all UK sites.

“As part of this, we have also confirmed that there will be an additional week of production stand-down 8th – 12th April due to potential Brexit disruption.”

The firm employs 39,000 workers.

The announcement comes after the company said it would slash 5,000 jobs under plans to make cutbacks of £2.5billion.


Jaguar Land Rover will shut down factories across the UK for a week (Image: GETTY)

10.20am update: Scots warn of no-deal Brexit damage – ‘Not in our NATIONAL INTEREST!’

A no-deal Brexit would be damaging to Scotland’s economy and public finances, a Holyrood committee has warned.

In a unanimous, cross-party report, the Finance and Constitution Committee said the UK leaving the EU without a deal is not in Scotland’s national interest.

The report warns Scotland’s finances are exposed to volatility and risk through the operation of the fiscal framework – the agreement between the Scottish and UK governments which sets out how Scotland is funded.

Reliance on forecasts for the annual budget and “substantial movement” in these forecasts are highlighted.

The report notes these risks are “exacerbated” by Brexit uncertainty.

Committee convener Bruce Crawford said: “The Office for Budget Responsibility states that the referendum vote to leave the EU appears to have weakened the economy and predicts that a no-deal Brexit could have a severe short-term impact on the public finances and would be a lot worse than an orderly Brexit.

“The committee is strongly of the view that a no-deal Brexit would be damaging to the Scottish economy and public finances and, therefore, is clearly not in the national interest.”

10.10am update: Queen makes dramatic BREXIT INTERVENTION demanding ‘seek the common ground’

The Queen appeared to send a message to politicians feuding over Brexit yesterday when she spoke out in favour of “coming together to seek out the common ground”.

She made the comment during an address to the Sandringham Women’s Institute.

The Queen commented: “As we look for new answers in the modern age, I for one prefer the tried and tested recipes, like speaking well of each other and respecting different points of view; coming together to seek out the common ground, and never losing sight of the bigger picture.

“To me, these approaches are timeless and I commend them to everyone.”

She went on to state “every generation faces fresh challenges and opportunities”.

As a constitutional monarch, the Queen is expected to remain politically neutral.


The Queen appeared to send a message to politicians (Image: GETTY)

9.40am update: Rees-Mogg and Farage rally as Barnier suggests backstop alternative

Brexiteers have been buoyed by suggestions from Brussels negotiator Michel Barnier that an alternative to the Irish backstop would have to be found in event of a no-deal Brexit.

As the prospect of a no-deal Brexit dramatically increases, the EU Commission has come under pressure to reveal its plans for the Irish border and finally admitted that Dublin would be forced to implement controls.

EU officials have constantly warned that Britain risks crashing out of the bloc without an agreement because of the overwhelming opposition to Theresa May’s plans in Westminster.

At the heart of MPs’ hostility for the withdrawal agreement is the so-called backstop, an insurance policy demanded by Brussels to prevent a hard border in Ireland.

Until now, intransigent EU officials have stonewalled requests to scrap the backstop but comments from Mr Barnier may force them to consider the formulation of a new strategy to save the Brexit deal.

After the Commission declared Dublin would be forced to implement a hard border in a no-deal Scenario, Mr Barnier revealed how the problem could be overcome in the future.

He said: “If we’re facing a no-deal, we will, together with Ireland and the UK, have to find a way to carry out checks.”

9.30am update: EU nations scramble to BACK Britain with generous no-deal terms

EU countries are pushing for Britain to be offered better terms in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it has emerged.

Diplomats have suggested the European Commission should bulk up the “bare bones” contingency plans they have drawn up in case Britain leaves the bloc without a deal on March 29.

Eurocrats have insisted that its no-deal strategy should never “replicate the full benefits of EU membership or the terms of any transition period”.

But EU countries are now piling on the pressure to ensure Britain is offered better arrangements on aviation and road haulage.

France is a shock inclusion amongst the group of “pragmatic” EU countries, which also includes Poland, Luxembourg, Spain, Malta and some of the Baltic states, according those familar with the talks.

Ireland, Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands urged the remaining EU27 to avoid allowing Britain to be offered any “mini deals” that would act as a boost for Brexiteers.

Germany said allowing the current plans to be bulked up would set a “precedent” for the future, but urged the EU Commission to extend no-deal preparations to cover security co-ordination.

The contingency plans were last discussed at a meeting of EU27 ambassadors on Wednesday afternoon.

A note prepared for the meeting said: “The actual degree of preparedness seems to be quite varied across member states and sectors, even taking into account that not all member states and sectors are exposed to the same degree and with the same timeline to the consequences of a no-deal.”


Jacob Rees-Mogg and Nigel Farage have been buoyed by Michel Barnier (Image: GETTY)

9.05am update: Rudd backs May into corner threatening to RESIGN if PM does not take no-deal off table

Pressure has mounted on the Prime Minister to rule out a no-deal Brexit after Amber Rudd hinted she could resign from the Government to stop the UK crashing out of the EU without an agreement.

Chancellor Philip Hammond told Today: “What Amber is doing is reflecting a view among some of my colleagues that somehow next Tuesday is high noon, the last chance to make a stand against no-deal.

“I don’t think that is the case, I don’t think next Tuesday has to be, or indeed will be the high noon of this debate.

“Parliament will want to be confident that it will have an opportunity to express its clear view and some of my colleagues, including some who are in Government, will want to be able to express their view.

“But I don’t think next Tuesday is the point when this comes to a head.”

He also refused to answer if he would resign should Mrs May back a no-deal.


Amber Rudd hinted she could resign from the Government (Image: TWITTER)

9am update: Hammond refuses to rule out QUITTING if May back no-deal Brexit

Chancellor Philip Hammond declined to rule out quitting if Theresa May decided to back a no-deal Brexit.

Asked repeatedly on Today whether he would remain in the UK’s top financial post in that scenario, he said: “I’m not going to speculate because a lot depends on the circumstances, what happens.

“The responsibility I have is to manage the economy in what is the best interests of the British people.

“I clearly do not believe that making a choice to leave without a deal would be a responsible thing to do, but I recognise that that is potentially a default that we could find ourselves in, and if we did find ourselves in that position then the responsible thing to do is to use every possible way of mitigating and minimising the impact.”


French President Emmanuel Macron launched a furious attack on Brexit (Image: GETTY)

8.30am update: Macron BLASTS Brexit saying UK’s bid to leave EU ‘can’t be delivered’

French President Emmanuel Macron launched a furious attack on Brexit and said it “cannot be delivered”.

The 40-year-old said the June 2016 referendum has “torn society apart” and rubbished the famous ballot while attempting to win over Yellow Vest campaigners who tore Paris apart in protest of his crippling 23 percent fuel hike.

He said: “Be aware of people who sell you dreams, that tell you all your anger can be solved by a referendum. I’m scared of people who manipulate you with miracle ideas.

“Take the British. They voted for Brexit. There were people who, in good faith, were sometimes as angry as you are, and they said that the source of all their ills was Europe. It’s rubbish!”

He went on to attack the Vote Leave buses that promised more cash for the NHS.

He said: “There were lots of buses passing by reading that you were going to save something like 36 billion pounds if you get out of Europe. And it will be done in 15 days, and then people voted. There were people who voted for Brexit, who did it in good faith, they were angry, and they thought their situation was impossible, because the system was unjust.


Mrs May has been secretly told by the DUP they will back her Brexit deal (Image: GETTY)

8am update: DUP vows to BACK Theresa May’s new deal to stop Remainers taking charge

THERESA May has been secretly told by the DUP they will back her Brexit deal ahead of next week’s House of Commons vote on it – but only if she “toughens it up”.

Delicate discussions are currently ongoing between the Prime Minister and Arlene Foster in a bid to make a major Brexit breakthrough ahead of the January 29 ballot.

Both parties are close to giving an amendment the nod which would curtail the Irish backstop enigma and pave the way to Mrs May scoring a Brexit triumph two months before the March 29 deadline, The Sun reports.

The amendment will introduce a so-called insurance policy that will divide the UK into two different regimes should no EU trade deal happen before he year 2021. This means the Northern Ireland unionist party is willing to accept a backstop provided there is a short time limit on it.

But senior DUP leaders fear Tory Remainers siding with the Labour Party could see Mrs May’s deal voted down to pave the way for a second EU referendum.

A senior DUP source said: “If she fails on Tuesday, Parliament will take over and we lose any semblance of a decent Brexit.

“We have to help her now, so we’ll vote with the Government if they agree the right amendment. That’s looking like a short time limit to the backstop at the moment.”

Additional reporting by Carly Read.


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