Theresa May to outline future Brexit deal this afternoon

Theresa May is due to make a statement at 3:30pm on Monday to outline her future Brexit deal after the previous withdrawal agreement was heavily defeated by MPs last week.

It is understood that her future plan will attempt to resolve the backstop on the Irish border. By doing this, May will hope to win over Northern Ireland’s DUP, who all voted against her previous deal.

The Prime Minister held a conference call with her cabinet on Sunday, and Downing Street have insisted that cross-party talks we continuing. It is understood she wants to show the EU that MPs could back a deal without a backstop, in the hope of encouraging Brussels to soften its position.

The prime minister will address the Commons on Monday afternoon, setting out how she intends to proceed with the Brexit withdrawal agreement.

She will also table a “neutral” motion, simply saying that the Commons has considered her statement, which will be debated and voted upon on 29 January. This motion is expected to attract amendments from groups of backbenchers seeking more of a say in the process.

MPs are expected to table bills which could take a no-deal Brexit off the table, and potentially suspend Article 50 – which allows the UK to leave the EU.

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