Theresa May warns Brexit will be lost after her own top lawyer torpedoes deal
Last night in Strasbourg, the PM worked until midnight out last-minute tweaks to the Irish backstop plan intended to allow the UK to exit European control.
In a last-ditch bid to stave off Commons humiliation, an exhausted-sounding Mrs May told MPs today: “If this vote is not passed tonight, if this deal is not passed, Brexit may be lost.
“Support this deal, in which case we leave the European Union with a deal. Or risk No Deal, or no Brexit. These are the options.
“Members across this house should ask themselves if they want to make the perfect the enemy of the good.”
The Prime Minister showed the strain she is under as she croaked her way through an hour-long speech, losing her voice in an echo of her disastrous 2107 conference speech.
This morning the PM’s chief legal adviser torpedoed her chances of winning over rebel MPs – warning that the “risk remains unchanged” of the backstop lasting indefinitely if trade talks break down.
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