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Brexit deal: How the numbers stack up against Theresa May

Brexit deal: How the numbers stack up against Theresa May”

The European leaders on Sunday endorsed the Brexit deal at the EU summit in a major breakthrough since the lengthy Britain-EU Brexit negotiation started one and half years ago.

The Prime Minister confirmed on Sunday that MPs will vote on the deal - comprising the Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration of future EU-UK relations - before the Christmas recess.

Emmanuel Macron had delivered a blow to Mrs May as he boasted his demands for guaranteed access to United Kingdom fishing waters as part of any future trade deal is now supported by the remaining 27 European Union member states.

The nearly 800-word message is an attempt to speak directly to the public to build support for her deal, which faces widespread opposition at Westminster including from both wings of her Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party which props up her administration.

The current vote counts conducted by British media are not stacking up in May´s favour.

"Given there are some 80 Conservative backbenchers who will vote against any deal come what may, in the national interest will the Prime Minister sit down with the leader of the Opposition and have a meaningful discussion about how we can make sure that, when it comes to workers' rights, health and safety, we don't fall behind and we secure a sustainable customs arrangement?"

Mrs May said the deal would deliver on jobs, but queried Mr Corbyn's commitment to a deal. The DUP say the backstop would see Northern Ireland adopt a different regulatory regime to Great Britain if a wider UK/EU trade deal fails to materialise.

"The British people want us to get on with a deal that honours the referendum and allows us to come together again as a country, whichever way we voted". "The number of MPs that there are is well understood", a Downing Street spokesman said, while insisting that May was confident of winning the vote.

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has warned Britain can not expect to get a better Brexit deal if Parliament rejects the agreement hammered out by Theresa May. Or this House can choose to reject this deal and go back to square one. "Those who think that by rejecting the deal that they would have a better deal will be disappointed the first seconds after the rejection".

She said rejecting it "would open the door to more division and more uncertainty, with all the risks that will entail".

Chancellor Philip Hammond has said the deal is better than staying in the EU.

She said: "I'm interested she has indicated Jeremy Corbyn is clear we should leave the European Union with a deal as previously he had indicated he would vote against any deal the Government brought forward". If they fail to do so that could mean the imposition of the backstop to ensure no disruption to the Irish border.



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