“Members of this house are faced with a very clear choice: vote and support this deal, or risk no deal or no Brexit.”
Theresa May, while struggling with her voice, says her “improved” Brexit deal “deserves the support of every member”. pic.twitter.com/bZheJsqneG
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) March 12, 2019
Tanaiste @simoncoveney "What is being presented to Westminster this evening is different to the last meaningful vote. That being said – from an Irish perspective, the Withdrawal Agreement in terms of its text and content, has not changed." #Dail #Brexit
— Mary Regan (@MaryERegan) March 12, 2019
Tánaiste Simon Coveney took Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil ahead of British Prime Minister Theresa May taking her Brexit withdrawal deal back to parliament, almost two months after it suffered the largest ever House of Commons defeat…
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The DUP has released a statement, saying:
“The Prime Minister set out a clear objective for legally binding change which would command a majority in the House of Commmons in line with the Brady amendment.
“We recognise that the Prime Minister has made limited progress in her discussions with the European Union. However, in our view, sufficient progress has not been achieved at this time.
“Having carefully considered the published material as well as measuring what has been achieved against our own fundamentalists, namely the impact of the backstop on the constitutional and economic integrity of the Union of the United Kingdom, it is clear that the risks remain that the UK would be unable to lawfully exit the backstop were it to be activated.
“The Attorney General’s legal advice is clear in his last paragraph: ‘The legal risk remains unchanged that if through no such demonstrable failure of either part, but simply because of intractable differences, that situation does arise, the United Kingdom would have, at least while the fundamental circumstances remained the same, no international lawful means of exiting the protocol’s arrangements, save by arrangement’.
“We want to see a deal with works for every part of the United Kingdom. We will support the right deal with respects the referendum result and Northern Ireland’s place as an integral part of the United Kingdom.
“The European Union has been intransigent. It is possible to reach a sensible deal which worlds for the United Kingdom and the European Union but it will require all sides to be reasonable and in deal-making mode.”
Watch Dáil proceedings live here
DUP will def vote against not just abstain
— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) March 12, 2019
"If the deal doesn't get through tonight there will have to be a General Election"
Senior Conservative Charles Walker says he cannot see how Theresa May's government can continue in office if it loses tonight's #BrexitVote
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) March 12, 2019