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ERG member says ‘we despair’ over government

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Downing Street has denied the PM is not ruling out a no-deal Brexit, Eurosceptic Tories are threatening May to rebel on Thursday over a motion tabled in May’s name, the rebels claim will commit her to avoid an EU withdrawal without a deal.

The motion asks the House to agree their support for the approach on 29 January. However, members of the backbench European Research Group say this does endorse another amendment that will simply rule out any no-deal.

One ERG member told the Brexit Central website, “We told the Government very clearly last night that we will not support this motion and in fact we urged them, indeed pleaded with them at senior level, to withdraw it yesterday, but they took absolutely no notice. Frankly, we despair.”

May’s official spokesman said at a media briefing in Westminster, What the motion reflects is the position the Prime Minister set out after those votes, which is the Parliament wants the UK to leave with a deal, but in order to do so it requires us to secure legally-binding changes in relation to the backstop.”

Adding, “No-deal is an eventuality we wish to avoid, but one we continue to plan for. Does no-deal remain on the table? The answer is yes.”




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