UK's Brexit vote to go ahead on schedule

UK PM May's government faces contempt vote over Brexit legal advice

UK PM May's government faces contempt vote over Brexit legal advice

Pressure is piling further on Prime Minister Theresa May after a poll revealed that her Brexit deal was supported in just two parliamentary constituencies across the whole UK - Tory-held Broxbourne and Christchurch.

She suggested MPs could be "given a role" in deciding whether to activate the backstop, which is created to stop the return of a physical border. Mrs May has offered MPs a say over the backstop in a bid to secure the votes she needs.

The day before the vote, on December 10, the EU's top court will deliver a judgment on whether Britain can unilaterally halt Brexit.

In its policy paper, the government's Brexit department said: 'Where it is in our control, the United Kingdom will also continue to preserve certain rights of United Kingdom nationals in the European Union, for example by continuing to pay an uprated United Kingdom state pension to eligible United Kingdom nationals living in the European Union'.

Supporters of a clean break with the European Union say the backstop, meant to ensure no hard border between British-ruled Northern Ireland and EU-member Ireland, could leave Britain forced to accept European Union regulations indefinitely, or Northern Ireland treated differently from the rest of the United Kingdom.

The adjustment would mean Parliament would have to approve a decision to trigger the backstop arrangement or extend the transition period beyond December 2020.

"That's not right", she said.

'The most important thing is to have clarity about how we might remove ourselves from a backstop, ' Sir Graham told the BBC's Newsnight.

Britain's pro-Brexit Trade Minister Liam Fox said it was now possible that Brexit would not happen.

The EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, said the UK's future is at stake in the Brexit vote on Thursday.

Leadsom warned that in the future: "Law officers advising Cabinet will be very reluctant to give any advice to government that they might then see published on the front pages of newspapers".

The Times newspaper reported that senior ministers were urging the prime minister to delay it for fear of a rout.

Theresa May has been given a glimmer of hope over the Brexit deal vote after a group of Tory backbenchers tabled an amendment that would give MPs some control over the controversial Northern Ireland border backstop.

"In a sign of the ever-growing divisions over Brexit, the BBC announced that it has abandoned plans for a proposed televised debate between May and Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn on Sunday after both sides failed to agree on a format".

This was echoed by Mr Hammond who has told MPs it is "simply a delusion" to think a better Brexit deal can be renegotiated at the 11th hour after warning a no-deal is "too terrible to contemplate".

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which normally votes with the government under its confidence-and-supply pact, was among parties that voted to force the publication of the legal advice.

Asked to unpick May's impossible dilemma, whereby the public have backed Brexit but MPs remain divided, Blair concluded: "Honestly, this is the moment to realise that you have to work out whether it is possible to reach a compromise among the MPs and if it isn't you exclude the impossible, go back to the improbable".

"I believe we are still looking at an outcome that is, as yet, to be determined; there is a deal on the table which I do not think in its current form will make it through Parliament".

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