Crucial Commons debate

Brexit: Theresa May will ask EU to reopen Brexit deal

Theresa May Brexit debate 10 DecPrime Minister Theresa May is expected to speak by phone with key EU leaders throughout the day ahead of a series of Commons votes over the future direction of Brexit.

The EU has ruled out making changes to the legal text agreed with the PM.

But Theresa May has told her cabinet she will seek legally binding changes to the controversial Irish backstop.

A series of votes on the amendments is expected from 7pm.

Speaker of the House, John Bercow, has named seven amendments to be debated and voted on, including one from Tory MP Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the backbench 1922 committee, calling on “alternative arrangements” to the backstop, and one from Labour MP Yvette Cooper, which could delay the exit date by up to nine months.

Conservative MPs have been instructed by the government to vote Sir Graham’s amendment.

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has said the “Brady” amendment would give the PM a “strong mandate” to return to Brussels.

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