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Friday, 18 October 2019

Boris Johnson unveils fresh workers’ rights package in last-ditch lovebombing of Labour MPs to secure crunch Brexit vote

BORIS Johnon today unveiled a fresh workers’ rights package in a last-ditch love-bombing of Labour MPs to get tomorrow’s crunch Brexit vote over the line.

The PM also promised to protect current EU environment standards by enshrining animal welfare and climate change regulations in UK law to ensure they are not lowered after Brexit.

Boris Johnson has unveiled a fresh workers’ rights package in a last-ditch push to win over Labour MPs to get Saturday’s crunch Brexit vote over the line
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Among the concessions designed to win over wavering Labour MPs, No10 pledged to hold a legally-binding vote on the final EU trade deal the UK strikes with the EU.

It effectively gives MPs a veto on any move to depart from EU standards on workers’ rights and environmental standards.

The three-pronged announcement came late last night after Downing Street embarked on a final 24-hour charm offensive of wavering Labour MPs who represent Leave constituencies.

Eight Labour MPs have today declared or told The Sun they will vote for the deal.

But No10 hoped the three-pronged move would be enough to win over around a dozen extra Labour MPs and independents that the PM needs to win today’s crucial Commons vote on his deal.

In the package are commitments to improve unfair dismissal protections by reducing the qualifying period from two years to one year, and also to tighten up employee terms and conditions following a business takeover.

WIN OVER WAVERING LABOUR MPS

And the PM also offered assurances on animal welfare standards – promising not to allow UK farmers to be undercut by unfair competition from countries such as the US through lower standards such as chlorinated chicken in post-Brexit trade deals.

But Labour MPs were being threatened with deselection by Momentum boss Jon Lansman if they vote for the PM’s deal today.

At the same time as love-bombing Labour MPs the Government was fiercely lobbying the 28 hardline Brexiteer MPs who voted against Theresa May’s deal on all three occasions.

They fear the deal won’t pass unless they reduce the number among these so-called ‘Spartans’ to fewer than two or three. As of last night there were 17 who had yet to declare or give any indication which way they will vote.

The Brexiteer ERG group of Tory MPs will hold a final meeting in Parliament this morning to decide which way to go.

The PM was also counting on 20 of the ex-Tory rebels he sacked to back his deal but despite winning the majority over there were still up to six – including Philip Hammond – who had yet to confirm they would back the deal.

WORKERS’ RIGHTS VOW

In a sign of the personal animosity among the group towards the PM, one of them insisted Downing Street needed to make amends before they would back the deal.

The senior MP told The Sun: “They haven’t reached out to me, so they can f*** off”.

But the PM was being stretched by both ends of his party, with Brexiteers demanding he give legal guarantees that Britain could still leave on a No Deal Brexit by the end of next year while at the same time the ex-Tory rebels demanding a legal assurance on the exact opposite.

But the PM was given a rare boost by a Lib Dem MP as ex-minister Norman Lamb told The Sun he was considering voting for the deal and will decide this morning.

The numbers were still looking ominous for No10 this afternoon as Mr Johnson addressed his Cabinet for the final time before today’s historic vote.

His chief whip Mark Spencer “scrupulously avoided giving any numbers” according to one of those present.

On Wednesday the chief whip told Cabinet that the Government was on course to win by one vote with the support of the DUP – before relations with their Ulster allies completely broke down on Thursday.

But the Ulster unionists stood firm in their opposition to the deal yesterday and rubbished suggestions they could let Mr Johnson off the hook by abstaining in the vote.

All contact has been cut-off since the PM went ahead with the deal without their backing on Thursday. A No10 source said: “Those conversations are over. They’re done.”

Jeremy Corbyn yesterday declared that Labour won’t be backing Boris Johnson’s new Brexit deal
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Labour rebels have been threatened with deselection by Jon Lansman if they vote for Boris’ deal
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The PM was given a rare boost as ex-minister Norman Lamb told The Sun he was considering voting for the deal
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Parliament must now do its duty and ensure Brexit is delivered, as instructed by the people

There is no doubt that had the Benn Act prohibiting a no-deal Brexit on October 31st not been passed, the EU would have agreed to a Brexit deal a while ago. The Benn Act ceded control of our departure to the EU in the same way as an employee who declares his intention to leave his job but only on condition his employer provides a good reference, cedes control of his departure to his employer. The Benn Act gave a lifeline to the EU who made no secret of their wish to disregard the referendum result – and they have form – and keep the UK inside the EU. By simply refusing to reach a deal, they could thwart Brexit.

Leaving without a deal would be as disruptive to the EU as to the UK, if not more so, but the EU seems to be prepared to gamble that at the end of the day, Boris Johnson will heed the Benn Act and sign a letter seeking an extension, something he’s consistently refused to contemplate. The law cannot force citizens to do anything, it can only punish them if they don’t and if it comes to court, the very Act which the Prime Minister is deemed to have broken may well be found to be unconstitutional. Parliament may well be found to have transgressed into affairs that are the preserve of the Executive and that parliamentary sovereignty does not mean the rule of Parliament over the people or the Executive.

But Boris Johnson has done enough to make the gamble too risky for the EU. When Parliament meets for this rare Saturday sitting, it must carry out the duty with which it was entrusted by the electorate, more than eighty per cent of whom voted for parties that promised to respect the outcome of the 2016 referendum.

The argument advanced by some like TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady that Labour must oppose the Prime Minister’s deal on the grounds that it ‘would clear the way for a grubby trade deal with the US, and for Donald Trump to get his hands on our NHS’ and that it threatens workers’ rights and environmental standards assumes that the Tories will win the next general election. It is perversely defeatist and hugely demoralising, in complete contrast to the upbeat message from the Labour Party with Jeremy Corbyn ‘champing at the bit’, confident of victory. Instead of threatening doom and spreading despondency, O’Grady should reflect the views of the majority of trade unionists and say: ‘Get Brexit over the line on October 31st and vote Labour at the general election to protect and advance rights and standards’.

Politicians and pundits incessantly talk of a crisis gripping the country. Yet, in the country at large, there is no sense of a crisis as workers go about their business; they may be jabbing their fingers and shouting abuse at each other in the House of Commons, but in the Hare and Hounds, there is tranquility and calm with the only noise coming from those watching a football match.

There is no crisis in the country. The crisis is in Parliament; it is Parliament’s crisis, one of its own making: the people voted to leave the EU, Parliament has failed to deliver. Three years on from the referendum and MPs continue to put obstacles in the way. We have entered a dangerous terrain where a Parliament created by the people turns on any Prime Minister or government seeking to implement the will of the people. In the name of the sovereignty of Parliament, MPs dismiss the sovereignty of people from which parliamentary sovereignty is derived in the first place.

Step by step, Labour has been forced to row back on its commitment to respect the referendum result; today, only Corbyn stands in the way of Labour turning into another ‘Bollocks to Brexit’ party. Labour’s conference stopped short of calling for a second referendum on a Brexit deal; it called for a public vote on a deal that it hopes to negotiate with the EU if it wins a general election; there was no mention of a public vote on a deal before a general election.

Following Theresa May’s dysfunctional negotiations with the EU, Boris Johnson went into Downing Street with one simple message: to get the UK out of the EU on October 31st, deal or no deal. He knew Parliament’s implacable opposition to a no-deal Brexit when he made his ‘do or die’ stand. A general election before Parliament has done its duty and the Prime Minister has delivered on his promise would be a cop-out; it is tantamount to a second referendum.

Parliament must not be let off the hook. It must deliver Brexit with a deal or without one as instructed by the biggest public vote in British history. The shape of a deal is not important; leaving on October 31st is. Once we are out of the EU and have regained our sovereignty, the future is ours to shape the way we choose.

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Boris Johnson pens passionate letter to Sun readers in last-ditch bid to get dithering MPs behind his deal tomorrow

BORIS Johnson today urges MPs to vote for his Saturday night leaver deal, saying: “We can get Brexit done.”

The PM has written an open letter to Sun readers in a bid to appeal to Tory and Labour MPs dithering over the crunch vote.

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The PM has written an open letter to Sun readers explaining why their MPs should be backing his Brexit deal this Saturday night[/caption]

Dear Sun Reader...

So, dear Sun reader, why should your MP vote with me today?

First — and we must never forget this — it is our chance as democrats to finally do as we promised: to implement the result of the 2016 referendum, and go some way to restoring your trust in our politics.

But it’s also a great deal for every part of our country.

It means that we in the UK can come out of the EU as one United Kingdom — England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, together, and it means we can decide our future together.

We can take back control of our money, our borders, our laws together. And we will be able to do free trade agreements around the world that have the potential to create thousands of jobs and to reduce your weekly bills.

At the same time, we will be able to give our own domestic guarantees to maintain the highest possible standards, both for workers’ rights and for environmental protections.

This is the right thing for you and the right thing for our country.

I ask everyone to cast their mind forward to the end of today — and imagine what it could be like if the new Brexit deal has been approved.

In less than two weeks, on October 31, we would be out of the EU.

A difficult, divisive and – yes – painful chapter in our history would be at an end.

MPs would be freed up to deliver on your priorities — the things than can change your daily lives for the better.

Getting money to the NHS frontline. Investing in our schools and driving up standards. Building more houses. Massively boosting infrastructure.

Levelling up so every person in every corner of the UK can make the most of their potential. Creating better jobs, with higher wages.

Today is a chance for us to start to bring the country back together again.

On your behalf, we at Westminster need to take it.

We need to get Brexit done.

The PM launched a “love bomb” offensive to woo MPs before today’s Super Saturday vote.

He is around 25 short of the 320 MPs he needs to seal the deal.
Labour Brexiteers who back it have been warned by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell that they face “consequences”.

Boris has managed what was said to be impossible in Europe, but can he do the same in the Commons
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Today’s drama also saw:


Results from the YouGov poll looking at what voters want from Boris’ deal

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Arlene Foster’s DUP is piling pressure on hardline Brexiteers from the ERG to scupper the deal[/caption]

Meanwhile a YouGov poll found that 41 per cent of voters want MPs to back the deal.

Just 24 per cent want a defeat. The rest “don’t know”.

Two thirds of Leave voters gave the blueprint the thumbs-up. Just 10 per cent want it thrown out.

And 24 per cent of Remainers say back the deal.

Leavers prefer the agreement to a No Deal by 48 per cent to 33.

In all, 71 per cent of Tory voters back it, and only nine per cent think MPs should vote it down.

Chris Curtis, at YouGov which polled 1,609 adults, said: “So far this deal has been well received by the public.

“Unlike when Theresa May brought back her initial deal, Boris Johnson has managed to win over the support of many Leave voters who previously favoured No Deal.

“Even some Remain voters want to get this over the line.

“However, when it comes to the deal’s details almost half don’t yet have an opinion on how good it is.”

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An amendment tabled by Tory Oliver Letwin demands a further postponement to January 31, whatever the outcome of the vote[/caption]

Emmanuel Macron has clashed with Angela Merkel over offering a Brexit extension
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Boris Johnson’s Withdrawal Agreement provides a path to the Canada-style EU-UK free trade deal we seek

What our Prime Minister has succeeded in doing by securing the revised Withdrawal Agreement and future relationship should be applauded. Well done PM.

Is it the best deal? No, but it is much better than the deal proposed by his predecessor that would have locked us into orbit with the EU for an eternity. I am in no doubt that our PM and his negotiating team have secured all they could in the face of the Surrender Act that severely limited our leverage.

I have always warned (since Chequers) that the end deal would be a modification of the original deal without the backstop that would leave us tied to in some way to the EU and some of its institutions. To an extent the new deal is just that, but there are some other modifications that make the proposal tolerable.

I can see a path to a destination that would secure a mutually beneficial Free Trade Agreement (Canada+++) with the EU that will allow us to decide over our Standards and Regulations in the interests of the British people. It will take some time, but it is very doable with the right people at the helm.

Commentators say we are on a knife edge and that the vote could go either way. That may be the case, but I urge all MPs to vote for this deal. To vote against it would undoubtably cause further damage to UK interests and allow the Remain faction to continue to try and undo the referendum result. Such moves would do untold damage to our society and country. Furthermore, British businesses would be left in a state of flux that would further damage their interests. Finally, the British people want it done.

There may be dangers in voting it through too, but these will be more manageable with Boris Johnson, his team and the outstanding MPs who have stood firm in charge. Also, voters will see attempts to derail or damage progress by others as further evidence of their unsuitability for office.

Coupled to this, it is worth considering that Jeremy Corbyn is fast running out of time and I don’t doubt that he will be excommunicated prior to an election when you look at the polling.

If this deal goes through, I foresee an end to the Lib Dem dream which in turn will help a positive and pragmatic Government intent on delivering a truly self-governing United Kingdom. The Brexit Party still have an important role to play in this and can help to further progress political change in the interests of all.

We must bank this gain and move forward to the destination which is now visible, remembering that there now remains the lever of a “no deal” walk away now that the backstop has gone. Let’s get Brexit done.

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Momentum boss Jon Lansman threatens to EXPEL Labour MPs who vote for Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal

LABOUR rebels were today threatened with deselection if they defy their boss and vote for Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal.

The PM is embarking on a 24-hour charm offensive with Labour Leavers and Tory rebels as he needs their support to get his deal over the line.

Labour rebels have been threatened with deselection if they vote for Boris’ deal
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Jon Lansman is being urged to quit by activists
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But the powerful boss of Momentum, Jon Lansman, tried to turn the screw on rebels by darkly warned the Labour NEC will kick them out.

He tweeted: “Johnson’s deal will be a wrecking ball through the lives and well-being of ordinary people across Britain.

“Labour MPs cannot and must not vote for it.

“If they do, the NEC will have no choice but to replace them with a new, socialist Labour candidate at the next election.”

It comes as:

  • A fresh poll shows Brits want MPs to vote through the deal tomorrow
  • Two Government ministers were reported to be on ‘resignation watch’ over Boris’ deal
  • A fresh plot emerged from Rebel Tories to force Boris Johnson to seek an extension tonight – even if his vote passes
  • Labour Remainers are set to make a decision today on whether to push a plan for a second referendum
  • Angela Merkel told EU leaders the bloc WOULD offer Britain a Brexit extension if the deal gets rejected
  • DUP MPs started piling on the pressure to Eurosceptic MPs to join them in opposing the deal
  • Court of Appeal judges have rejected Liberty’s bid for an urgent hearing of its case against Prime Minister Boris Johnson over Brexit – as they argue his deal is illegal

Mr Lansman is one of Mr Corbyn’s closest allies and his Momentum group dominates Labour’s ruling NEC committee.

But his remarks sparked an explosive row right at the top of the Labour Party, while MPs blasted him for trying to “bully” MPs into voting the deal down.

Jeremy Corbyn has told Labour rebels they will not be kicked out of the parliamentary party – known as having the whip withdrawn.

A Labour HQ source slapped down Mr Lansman, saying: “Members of the NEC will sometimes say things that aren’t party policy.”

So far, four Labour MPs have indicated they will vote for Bojo’s deal. They are, John Mann, Jim Fitzpatrick, Ronnie Campbell and Sir Kevin Barron.

Several more have said they are seriously thinking about it.

Government sources indicated there could be 15 Labour votes up for grabs which could swing the result.

REDS AT WAR

A Labour insider tore into the Momentum boss for trying to bully and intimidate MPs into defeating Boris’ deal.

They told The Sun: “Jon Lansman and Paul Mason are calling MPs scabs and trying to bully them. I think a lot of MPs are keeping their heads down so they don’t have a target on their back.

“It is part of the orchestrated mind control they use to try to enforce party discipline

“It is just not very nice. I think a lot of MPs are feeling the emotional pressure. A lot are considering their position and considering how they will vote on Saturday.”

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell today said he would go for cosy chats with would-be rebels to try to talk them out of backing the deal in tomorrow’s historic vote.

And he said there would be “consequences” for MPs in his party who voted for Mr Johnson’s Withdrawal Agreement.

A group of 19 Labour MPs wrote to EU chiefs last week to tell them they would vote for a deal.

The group – including Dan Jarvis, Caroline Flint, Stephanie Peacock and Melanie Onn – would be enough to get Boris’ deal through, but it’s unclear whether they will follow through on their promises.

Last night Mr Corbyn declared Labour will not back the new Brexit deal – without bothering to read all of it.

The Islington North MP blasted Mr Johnson’s plan and warned it risks triggering a “race to the bottom” for workers’ rights.

But he admitted that he had not even read the full Brexit blueprint before dismissing it.

Today Labour MP Gloria de Piero tweeted a snap of her with a constituent who voted leave, saying she still hadn’t decided yet.

Jeremy Corbyn has blasted Mr Johnson’s deal
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HAMMER THE PHONES

Boris Johnson left the EU summit in the early hours of this morning to jet back to London, after saying he was “very confident” the deal would pass.

The PM will spend the day hammering the phones to MPs in a last-ditch attempt to push his Brexit plans over the line tomorrow.

Two Government ministers were said to be on resignation watch over the deal this lunchtime, The Telegraph claimed.

One was said to be a Cabinet minister and another a junior minister.

If both of them quit to vote for the deal it could tip the balance into MPs voting against it.

And if Labour MPs and Brexiteers fear it will get rejected, they are unlikely to jump on board to back it.

Boris needs handful of ex-Tory MPs, hardline Tories and Labour Leavers to back him in order to seal Brexit’s fate.

Meanwhile, hardline Tory Brexiteers are letting Mr Johnson sweat over whether they will vote his Brexit plan – but the government is confident they can win the majority of the 28 ‘Spartans’ round.

The PM has also left the door open to restoring the whip to the 21 ex-Tory MPs he sacked last month for backing the Brexit-delaying Benn Act in another bid to boost his numbers.

This morning, sacked Tory rebel Margot James has confirmed she will vote for the deal tomorrow.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab today refused to say if Conservatives voting against the deal would have the whip removed.

But he said it was a “cracking deal” for Northern Ireland and all MPs should get behind it.

Earlier today the Government said that their legal advice showed Britain and Northern Ireland could get out of the new rules for Northern Ireland.

One of the key criticisms of Theresa May’s deal was that it would leave Northern Ireland trapped forever.

A memo released this morning said: “There are no grounds for supposing that the EU would have any legal basis to assert that [the protool] should continue to apply absent of that consent … or that the EU would possess a veto over the right of members of the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly.”

Today one of the architects of the Good Friday Agreement, Lord Trimble, came out to back the PM’s deal.

In an article for The Spectator he wrote: “Yesterday’s agreement is a great step forward.

“Previously the people of Northern Ireland were to have an agreement imposed on them, now we have a mechanism for the consent of the people of Northern Ireland.

“This is fully in accordance with the spirit of the Good Friday Agreement.”

Hardline Tories could be swayed to back the deal with this assessment.

PRESSURE ON

Today the DUP were upping the pressure on their allies in the Tory party to join with them to vote down the deal.

The DUP’s Sammy Wilson said earlier: “Conservative & Unionist MPs must take a stand for the Union and join us in rejecting this deal. Internal & burdensome trade barriers will be erected within the UK without parallel consent from both unionists & nationalists. This is not Brexit.”

Mr Raab the Government was continuing in talks with the DUP to”give them the reassurances we can”.

Tory Eurosceptic Mark Francois was seen going into No10 today for talks with Boris Johnson and his team.

He told reporters on his way in that he “still has concerns about some specifics of the deal” and will make up his mind after meeting the PM.

His ally Steve Baker said earlier: “No news from us before the morning!”

DUP leader Arlene Foster has refused to back Boris Johnson’s deal
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Tory Eurosceptic Mark Francois went to No10 today to talk to Boris about possibly backing the deal
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Boris Johnson and EU chief Jean Claude Juncker sealed the Brexit deal in Brussels yesterday
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Boris Johnson’s frantic fight to win over 30 Tory and Labour rebels with his ‘great’ deal before super Saturday showdown

BORIS Johnson is embarking on a 24-hour charm offensive today to sell his “great new” Brexit deal to Tories and Labour rebels.

The PM faces a frantic race against time ahead of Saturday’s showdown in the Commons, after the DUP vowed to vote down his agreement and begged Tory MPs to stand with them.

Boris Johnson faces a race against time to sell his Brexit deal to MPs
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CHARM OFFENSIVE

The PM will spend the day hammering the phones to MPs in a last-ditch attempt to push his Brexit plans over the line tomorrow.

He needs a handful of ex-Tory MPs, hardline Tories and Labour Leavers to back him in order to seal Brexit’s fate.

It comes as:

  • A fresh plot emerged from Rebel Tories to force Boris Johnson to seek an extension tonight – even if his vote passes
  • Labour Remainers are set to make a decision today on whether to push a plan for a second referendum
  • EU leaders left the door open to a third Brexit extension if the deal gets thrown out
  • DUP MPs started piling on the pressure to Eurosceptic MPs to join them in opposing the deal
  • The Court of Appeal judges chucked out a case against Prime Minister Boris Johnson over Brexit – who argued that his deal was illegal

The PM needs the support of Labour Brexiteers – with 10 ready to enrage Jeremy Corbyn by pushing the deal through, the Huffington Post reports.

The rebels are considering backing Boris if he publishes a bill before Saturday that would offer EU-style protection to workers’ rights.

The PM is rumoured to unveil a bumper workers’ rights package today as he desperately tries to woo Labour’s Leave MPs.

No10 think they need around 15 to switch and back his deal to get it over the line.

If Boris can write all these things onto the face of a bill, and bring that bill forward pronto, we can vote for it.

Labour MP

Sources claim the rebels are so fed up with delays to Brexit that they are willing to push through “any deal”.

A Labour back-bencher told the HuffPo: “In some ways, this is weaker than May’s deal because it takes them from the withdrawal agreement and puts them into the non-binding political declaration.

“But if Boris can write all these things onto the face of a bill, and bring that bill forward pronto, we can vote for it.”

Meanwhile, hardline Tory Brexiteers are letting Mr Johnson sweat over whether they will vote his Brexit plan – but the government is confident they can win the majority of the 28 ‘Spartans’ round.

The PM has also left the door open to restoring the whip to the 21 ex-Tory MPs he sacked last month for backing the Brexit-delaying Benn Act in another bid to boost his numbers.

This morning, sacked Tory rebel Margot James has confirmed she will vote for the deal tomorrow.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab today refused to say if Conservatives voting against the deal would have the whip removed.

But he said it was a “cracking deal” for Northern Ireland and all MPs should get behind it.

And he said the Government was continuing in talks with the DUP to”give them the reassurances we can”.

PRESSURE ON

Today the DUP were upping the pressure on their allies in the Tory party to join with them to vote down the deal.

The DUP’s Sammy Wilson said earlier: “Conservative & Unionist MPs must take a stand for the Union and join us in rejecting this deal. Internal & burdensome trade barriers will be erected within the UK without parallel consent from both unionists & nationalists. This is not Brexit.”

The numbers: which MPs could vote for the deal?

As of Friday night, 7pm


EXPECTED TO VOTE FOR THE DEAL

270 Tories – Most of the Tory party (including 11 from the ERG)

14 sacked Tory rebels

8 Labour MPs

4 Independent MPs

Total: 296


MAYBES:

1 Lib Dem

17 ERG MPs

6 undecided Tory rebels

A handful of Labour MPs in Leave voting areas wavering

Total: 31


EXPECTED TO VOTE IT DOWN

237 – Most of the Labour party except those who have declared already

10 DUP

18 Liberal Democrats

5 The Independent Group for Change

1 Green

4 Plaid

35 SNP

2 Independents

Total: 312


MPS WHO DON’T VOTE

1 Speaker

3 Deputies

7 Sinn Fein

TOTAL – 11

LABOUR REBELS

Speaking earlier this week, a Labour source told The Sun that 19 MPs were ready to support a Brexit deal.

The group – including Dan Jarvis, Caroline Flint, Sarah Peacock and Melanie Onn – wrote a letter to EU chiefs to assure them they would vote it through.

They said: “The 19 are rock solid in favour of a deal but there are several others ready to jump aboard to get Brexit done.

“If Boris Johnson can bring one back that his party supports, then he will have the numbers to get it through the Commons.”

Labour MP Graham Stringer said today he was “thinking hard” about backing Boris’ deal.

He told LBC: “The SNP and Lib Dems just want to delay and delay… the biggest damage to the economy is not leaving, it’s the uncertainty.”

CONSEQUENCES

Labour boss Mr Corbyn will face pressure to remove the whip from MPs who back Mr Johnson’s agreement.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said there would be “consequences” for MPs in his party who voted for Mr Johnson’s Withdrawal Agreement.

He told the BBC: “This is a three-line whip and the chief whip, in the normal way, will determine the consequences for anyone who doesn’t vote for it.

Asked what they might be, he replied: “I’m not the chief whip thank goodness; I’ve got enough on my plate.”

This is a three-line whip and the chief whip, in the normal way, will determine the consequences for anyone who doesn’t vote for it.

John McDonnell

Mr McDonnell said he did not think Labour MPs would go through the Government lobby on Saturday once they studied the detail of the deal.

The veteran leftie said: “I don’t believe there are Labour MPs out there who will not think through the detail of this deal and then when they see the impact, particularly environmental, consumers’ and workers’ rights, will vote for it.

“This is up to the chief whip – I believe in the powers of persuasion. I believe we can persuade people and make sure, as they did over Theresa May’s deal, vote against it because this deal is worse than Theresa May’s. It is a sell-out.”

‘RACE TO THE BOTTOM’

Last night Mr Corbyn declared Labour will not back the new Brexit deal – without bothering to read all of it.

The Islington North MP blasted Mr Johnson’s plan and warned it risks triggering a “race to the bottom” for workers’ rights.

But he admitted that he had not even read the full Brexit blueprint before dismissing it.

Speaking in Brussels yesterday, he stormed: “From what we have read of this deal it doesn’t meet our demands or expectations.

“It creates a border down the Irish Sea between Britain and Northern Ireland and it leads once again to a race to the bottom in terms of rights and protections for British citizens.”

He added: “From what we know, it seems the Prime Minister has negotiated an even worse deal than Theresa May’s, which was overwhelmingly rejected.”

APPEAL REJECTED

The Court of Appeal judges chucked out a case against Prime Minister Boris Johnson over Brexit – who argued that his deal was illegal.

Remainers lost a legal battle today at Scotland’s highest court which claimed that Boris’ deal breached UK law by leaving Northern Ireland in a separate customs arrangement.

Jeremy Corbyn has blasted Mr Johnson’s deal
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Boris Johnson warns there’s no better outcome than his fantastic’ Brexit deal ahead of Super Saturday Commons showdown

BORIS Johnson has warned MPs they won’t get a better Brexit deal than his “fantastic” one – ahead of his Super Saturday Commons showdown tomorrow.

Ahead of a knife-edge battle tomorrow the PM told anyone thinking of voting it down that this was the best one available.

Boris has said his deal is the best MPs are going to get

“There’s no better outcome than the one I’m advocating tomorrow,” he told the BBC and ITV tonight.

He urged MPs to come together and finally let the world experience a huge “sigh of relief” and so everyone could “move on”.

“I just kind of invite everybody to imagine what it could be like tomorrow evening, if we have settled this, and we have respected the will of the people, because we will then have a chance to to move on.”

The past three years had been a “long, exhausting and quite divisive business Brexit,” he said.

It comes as:

  • A fresh poll shows Brits want MPs to vote through the deal tomorrow
  • Two Government ministers were reported to be on ‘resignation watch’ over Boris’ deal
  • A fresh plot emerged from Rebel Tories to force Boris Johnson to seek an extension tonight – even if his vote passes
  • Labour Remainers are set to make a decision today on whether to push a plan for a second referendum
  • Angela Merkel told EU leaders the bloc WOULD offer Britain a Brexit extension if the deal gets rejected
  • DUP MPs started piling on the pressure to Eurosceptic MPs to join them in opposing the deal
  • Court of Appeal judges have rejected Liberty’s bid for an urgent hearing of its case against Prime Minister Boris Johnson over Brexit – as they argue his deal is illegal

Boris said this evening: “I hope that people will think… what do our constituents really want?

“Do they want to keep going with this argument, do they want more division and delay?”

And again he repeated his promise to leave the EU on October 31 no matter what happens.

Despite saying yesterday that he was “confident” it would pass, the PM appeared a bit more downbeat this evening.

When asked if it was likely to pass, he said: “I very much hope so.”

And he added: “I hope we do [come out] at the end of the month.

“I hope, I hope people vote for it tomorrow.”

Boris hailed his deal as a “great deal for the country , a great deal for the whole of the UK”.

“It lets us come out whole and entire, do free trade deals with the rest of the world.

“From the get go we take back control of money, borders, laws and all the rest of it.”

The PM also revealed he was trying to woo over Labour MPs with the promise of a workers’ rights package.

“The Withdrawal Bill will almost certainly contain the kind of protections and provisions that you are talking about,” he said.

“It will be a very good bill”.

In interview with ITV and the BBC he said the wold would heave a sigh of relief if they voted for it tomorrow

The numbers: which MPs could vote for the deal?

As of Friday night, 7pm

 

EXPECTED TO VOTE FOR THE DEAL

270 Tories – Most of the Tory party (including 11 from the ERG)

14 sacked Tory rebels

8 Labour MPs

4 Independent MPs

Total: 296

 

MAYBES:

1 Lib Dem

17 ERG MPs

6 undecided Tory rebels

A handful of Labour MPs in Leave voting areas wavering

Total: 31

 

EXPECTED TO VOTE IT DOWN

237 – Most of the Labour party except those who have declared already

10 DUP

18 Liberal Democrats

5 The Independent Group for Change

1 Green

4 Plaid

35 SNP

2 Independents

Total: 312

 

MPS WHO DON’T VOTE

1 Speaker

3 Deputies

7 Sinn Fein

TOTAL – 11

Today the DUP were upping the pressure on their allies in the Tory party to join with them to vote down the deal.

The DUP’s Sammy Wilson said earlier: “Conservative & Unionist MPs must take a stand for the Union and join us in rejecting this deal. Internal & burdensome trade barriers will be erected within the UK without parallel consent from both unionists & nationalists. This is not Brexit.”

Boris needs the backing of Labour MPs, Ex-Tories and some of the hardline group of eurosceptic MPs to get it through.

At the moment it’s still on a knife edge as around 30 MPs have yet to decide which way to go.


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