Former Universities Minister Says PM's Deal "Isn't A Deal"

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"One of the things that I hope people will have the chance to do over the next nine days is to recognize that we should not make the flawless the enemy of the good", Gove said.

Number 10 has been holding back detailed legal advice provided by attorney-general Geoffrey Cox on May's withdrawal agreement.

Asked what she would like her legacy to be if she is forced out of her job as a result of Conservative divisions over Brexit, Mrs May replied: "There is a lot more for me still to do, not least delivering on Brexit and being the Prime Minister that does take the United Kingdom out of the European Union". "This would be a collision course between the government and Parliament", he told Sky News.

"The principle problem I have with it, is that it isn't a deal", he said.

BBC political correspondent Ben Wright said: "The argument threatens to further complicate a vital week for the government as the debate begins on the deal Theresa May is trying to sell to deeply sceptical MPs on all sides of the House". Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson has already dismissed anxieties over a no-deal Brexit by comparing them to fears over the Millennium bug, while former Brexit secretary David Davis declared that "I don't find "no deal" intimidating at all".

MPs may move against the Prime Minister tomorrow, with figures from the DUP, Labour, Liberal Democrats and SNP planning to send a letter to Commons speaker John Bercow insisting the full advice be published.

In the increasingly likely event therefore that May loses next week's vote, Labour will nearly certainly seize on it as an opportunity to bring down her government - which is now propped up by an unsteady alliance with the right-wing Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), that is itself expected to vote against the deal.

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Theresa May will be exposed as a "liar" if the government releases its full legal advice on the Brexit withdrawal deal, DUP MP Sammy Wilson has declared.

The Sunday Times said in a letter sent last month to Cabinet ministers, he advised the only way out of the backstop - created to prevent the return of a hard border with the Republic - once it was invoked was to sign a new trade deal, a process which could take years. Instead, she is focused on trying to win next week's Commons vote. The backstop will last indefinitely, until it is superseded by the treaty setting out our future relationship, unless the European Union allows us to exit.

Gyimah said "what has happened with Galileo is a foretaste of the brutal negotiations we will go through that will weaken our national interest, make us poorer, less secure".

In her Lancaster House, Florence and Mansion House speeches, the prime minister set out a vision for the future...

"If the full advice is not forthcoming", Starmer wrote, "we will have no alternative but to start proceedings for contempt of parliament - and we will work with other parties to take this forward..."

Environment secretary Gove, said on Sunday that a second referendum "would undermine our democracy", and predicted that if it were held, people would vote to leave "in even greater numbers".

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