Saturday, 19 October 2019 15:18

Boris Johnson has urged MPs to back his Brexit deal, insisting the deal has come to heal the rift in British politics over the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

As Parliament sat for the first time on a Saturday in 37 years, the Prime Minister said the agreement he struck with Brussels would allow the UK to leave "whole and entire" on October 31.

However he faces another hurdle with opposition MPs threatening to vote for an amendment, which withholds approval until legislation to implement the deal is in place.

Sir Oliver Letwin, the former Cabinet minister who had the Tory whip withdrawn after rebelling over Brexit, said it was an "insurance policy" to prevent Britain "crashing out" without a deal on October 31.

But Government sources reportedly warned that if it passed would render the proceedings meaningless and they would simply send Tory MPs home.

Jeremy Corbyn also hit back at Johnson's opening comments, telling the House that they "simply cannot vote for the deal".

Calling for MPs to reconcile their differences over Brexit, the Prime Minister told MPs: "I do hope in assembling for the purposes of a meaningful vote, that we will be allowed to have a meaningful vote this evening.

"Now is the time for this great House of Commons to come together... as I believe people at home are hoping and expecting."

He added that a further delay to Brexit would be "pointless, expensive and deeply corrosive of public trust".

 

Source: News Agencies.