U.K.'s May deploys ministers to sell Brexit deal to public


But the party's 10 MPs would not back the Prime Minister if her Brexit deal, including the controversial Northern Ireland backstop measure, survives.

Prime Minister Theresa May suggested Thursday that MPs may get to decide whether Britain eventually joins the "backstop" plan to avoid post-Brexit border checks with Ireland.

But in an article in the Guardian, Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn said the deal represented a "monumental and damaging failure for our country" and represented "a worst of all worlds deal, that works for nobody, whether they voted leave or remain".

Meanwhile, British MPs entered the second day of a five-day marathon debate over the agreement signed with the European Union, which needs to be ratified by Parliament with a majority for it to go through to the next stage in time for Britain's formal exit from the European Union on March 29, 2019.

It has not explained the nature of the fundamental choice which Brexit presents: either to seek close co-operation with the European Union, and accept the legal and institutional implications of that; or to seek a more distant relationship, with greater independence, but with economic costs.

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"If you remove the deal as an option and reallocate these preferences in a straight remain versus no deal contest, remain is slightly ahead, winning 52per cent to 48 per cent". However, the Labour Party is keen to push for a general election, something that could prove an uphill task given the UK's Fixed Term Parliaments Act setting out a five-year period between elections.

Legal advice from the British government's attorney general released Wednesday underscored the fact that the United Kingdom couldn't leave the backstop without approval from the EU.

But according to Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom, the crucial vote did not rule out a no-deal Brexit. The government had argued that such advice is customarily kept secret.

It is the first time in modern history that any government has been found in contempt and means the highly sensitive advice provided by Attorney General Geoffrey Cox will be published, in contravention of long-standing practice. In the other famous disclosure of advice to the government over the Iraq War disclosed in 2005, though Lord Goldsmith was the attorney general at the time, it was the now-former LSE law professor and worldwide law expert Christopher Greenwood QC who actually wrote the advice. But the defeat demonstrated the fragility of May's government, which does not have a majority in Parliament.

Sir Graham Brady said: "I think the most important thing is to have clarity about how we might remove ourselves from a backstop if we were to enter into one in the future".

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The legal advice confirmed that Britain can't unilaterally opt out of the backstop, which requires an agreement by both sides. The UK could become involved in "protracted and repeating rounds of negotiations", he warns.

The border backstop is strongly opposed by Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, which props up May's minority government.

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

The British Government has been accused of "watering down" citizens' rights after it revealed that the treatment of European Union nationals would be different under no-deal Brexit plans.

The Newbury MP voted in favour of an amendment which will hand power to MPs if Theresa May's Brexit withdrawal agreement is rejected.

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She told BBC's radio program that she was talking to her colleagues about their concerns over the Northern Irish backstop, on which experts say the December 11 parliament vote on the Brexit deal would hinge.