Rishi Sunak ‘confident’ only 20 Tory MPs could rebel against Brexit deal in crunch vote
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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak agreed to a new Brexit deal under the Windsor Framework with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on February 27, and MPs are due to vote on the first part of the deal for Northern Ireland on Wednesday afternoon to decide upon the Stormont brake. But do you support the new deal? Vote in our poll.
The Stormont brake aims to give the Northern Ireland Assembly greater control over how European Union laws apply to Northern Ireland.
The Government has said the debate on the Windsor Framework in the House of Commons, followed by a vote on passing the law, will act as Parliament’s opportunity to show approval for the deal.
The Labour Party, Scottish National Party and Liberal Democrats have said they will support the brake.
But DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has said that while the Windsor Framework represents “significant progress” in addressing concerns surrounding the Northern Ireland Protocol, the Stormont brake does not deal with some of the “fundamental problems at the heart of our current difficulties”.
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He said the Party’s eight MPs had “unanimously agreed” to vote against it due to “ongoing concerns”.
Former Prime Ministers Boris Johnson and Liz Truss have announced that they will rebel against the Government, joining a handful of other Tory MPs including Sir James Duddridge, Priti Patel, Sir Iain Duncan Smith and Sir John Redwood.
A spokesman for Mr Sunak said: “The brake addresses the democratic deficit and provides a clear democratic safeguard for the people of Northern Ireland.
“I think we continue to strongly believe that this is the best deal for Northern Ireland, both for the people who live there, businesses who seek to operate there and it is to the benefit of the entire United Kingdom. This is a good deal and we continue to urge all parliamentarians to back it.”
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