Theresa Could faces the specter of key MPs derailing her Brexit deal, as they lined as much as demand she take away a central a part of it.

The prime minister confronted hostile criticism from distinguished Conservative backbenchers and her companions the Democratic Unionist Occasion (DUP) in a dramatic Commons showdown.

Contemporary from a press release on the steps of Downing Avenue, she headed to parliament to promote a deal reached in a single day by negotiators in Brussels.

Nevertheless it took 39 minutes of debate earlier than her first optimistic response.

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Two draft agreements have been finalised on the divorce and future relationship

Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn led the cost by asserting his MPs would vote down the 2 paperwork unveiled this week.

He known as the non-binding political settlement on the UK’s future relationship with the EU “26 pages of waffle” that amounted to a “imprecise menu of choices”.

Mrs Could hit again by leaping on Mr Corbyn’s admission to Sky Information final week that he had not learn each phrase of the draft divorce deal and prompt he had completed the identical once more.

She additionally name-checked former Conservative chief Iain Duncan Smith, thanking him for proposing options to the Irish border downside.

Iain Duncan Smith


Iain Duncan Smith stated with the backstop ‘none of that is workable’

Mr Duncan Smith appeared on grimly and stood up instantly after to declare that of the present deal because of be signed off on Sunday “none of that is in any respect workable”.

He demanded the backstop to maintain the entire UK in a customs union if a free commerce settlement can’t be negotiated by the tip of 2021 be “stripped out”.

Different key Conservative Brexiteers chipped in to denounce the backstop, with Sir Invoice Money, chair of the European Scrutiny Committee, declaring he would lead an inquiry into her negotiations.

Dominic Raab, who give up as Brexit secretary final week, added the “regrettable however inescapable actuality” of the backstop was that it “offers much more away” to Brussels.

The DUP, which is propping up Mrs Could’s authorities, gave Mrs Could an ultimatum.

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, the get together’s chief whip, advised a silent Commons: “If she needs to have the assist of my get together… then we have to see an finish of the backstop.”

Different MPs – Conservative, Labour and SNP – pushed the case for one more referendum if parliament rejects Mrs Could’s deal, however she stated that the general public don’t wish to be requested: “Would you wish to assume once more?”

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker


The PM will meet Jean-Claude Juncker on Saturday, earlier than the summit

The prime minister added that the agreements with Brussels represented a “whole lot for our nation and our companions within the EU” that “honours the vote of the British individuals”.

She was supported by former deputy prime minister Damian Inexperienced, who advised MPs that “exterior this home” there’s a “better appreciation” of Mrs Could’s “tenacity”.

Earlier than parliament votes on a deal, it must be signed off by the EU27.

Mrs Could is heading to Brussels on Saturday for closing talks with European Fee Presiden Jean-Claude Juncker.

A full summit will occur the following day.

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