Brexit legal advice to emerge after ministers found in contempt of Parliament

Public opposition to the prime minister Theresa May's proposed version of Brexit has weakened her position

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.

The Labour Party and others, including the DUP, said that the vote is so important for the future of the country that lawmakers should be able to see any detailed legal warnings concerning parts of the withdrawal agreement.

In one sense, the fact of defeats now does not impact what happens when the deal is voted on next week.

He predicted that no consensus would be found in the Commons and the issue would have to be put to a second referendum.

Ms Cummins (Bradford South) said: "I plan to vote against the deal on Tuesday".

Mrs May yesterday insisted there was "no difference" between Mr Cox's six-page letter and the 52-page "summary" published earlier this week in a bid to satisfy MPs.

But the MPs differ in their reasons and what option they would vote for instead.

But he admitted: "I don't think there's any point in ploughing ahead and losing the vote heavily".

The first day of debates came to an end shortly after Labour former minister David Lammy roused MPs with a late-night speech. A vote on the deal is scheduled for Tuesday. "The question is: do we go into the 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".

"We're looking at is this question around the backstop and the role of parliament", May said. At stake in these maneuvers is Britain's relationship with the European Union post-Brexit: Will Britons be a truly self-governing nation once more, free to enter into trade agreements that benefit us - or will we continue to have Brussels mandarins making our rules and setting our economic agenda?

And he warned it would prolong the UK's Brexit "uncertainty" - saying this could last until December 2022 if the transition period has to be extended.

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Tory resistance to the Brexit plan could be bolstered by the knowledge that voting down the deal will not necessarily result in the collapse of the Government given the DUP's stance.

The government has tried to blunt opposition to the deal by highlighting the risks of a no-deal Brexit, where Britain leaves the European Union but has no trade deal or other common regulations in place.

Starmer said it was "unthinkable" that the government had tried to keep the advice from Parliament and the public before lawmakers vote Tuesday on the government's Brexit deal.

"This was not about doing deals, it was about listening", said one leading pro-Brexit lawmaker.

"It is up to people like me to sell what is on the table".

"Consequently, I have decided the only honourable thing for me to do is to resign the party whip in Parliament".

"We have been perfectly clear that the Withdrawal Agreement is agreed and final", she said.

This would mean the European Union could "save face" as it could claim it hadn't renegotiated the withdrawal agreement but simply "tinkered with the non-binding political declaration".

Crucially, it adopts the prime minister's proposal and just makes it conditional on a second referendum.

A source told the Press Association that Mrs May was "seeing a few members of Cabinet" but it was "nothing to get excited about".

The proposal, created to ensure there is no hard border on the island of Ireland, has sparked opposition from all sides because of concerns it would drive a wedge between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom while leaving the country tied to the European Union indefinitely. It is not necessarily going to be used, in fact it's not meant to be used.

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