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PM set to make crucial Brexit statement after cabinet showdown

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After over-running her Cabinet meeting today, PM Theresa May is expected to deliver a crucial ‘make or break’ Brexit statement outside her Downing Street office sometime after 6pm.

Today’s emergency cabinet meeting began at 2pm with Theresa May declaring: “We will take back control of our borders, our laws and our money, leave the Common Fisheries Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy, while protecting jobs, security and the integrity of the United Kingdom.”

But Brexit campaigners in May’s Conservative Party said it was a surrender to the EU and they would vote it down.

The Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) said it would not back any deal that treated the British province differently from the rest of the United Kingdom.

During Prime Minister’s Questions, May insisted the agreement would deliver on the referendum result.

“I’m confident that this takes us significantly closer to delivering on what the British people voted for in the referendum,” May told parliament.

But opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn accused the PM of offering the British people a choice between a “botched deal and no deal”.

But May said Labour’s objective was to “frustrate Brexit and betray the vote of the British people”.

In a fresh headache for May, the Scottish Conservative MPs have penned a joint letter demanding her draft Brexit agreement ensures the protection of fishing rights.

Access and quotas “cannot be included in the Future Economic Partnership” and the UK must leave the Common Fisheries Policy at the end of 2020, they added.




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