Brexit deal: Boris Johnson launches frantic sales pitch ahead of knife-edge vote on Saturday – live news

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Brexit deal: Boris Johnson launches frantic sales pitch ahead of knife-edge vote on Saturday – live news

Prime minister has said he is ‘very confident’ deal will be approved in historic Commons vote on Saturday

On the Today programme, the Labour MP Graham Stringer, who voted to leave the European Union in 2016 but voted against Theresa May’s Brexit deal, admitted he might vote for Boris Johnson’s plans. He said it was very similar to May’s deal, better in some respects but worse in others. But getting Brexit delivered was a priority, he said.

[I] will consider whether, if this deal goes down, we won’t get Brexit at all. So it’s a bad deal. But if I thought that we wouldn’t get Brexit at all, then I would consider voting for it.

And here is some Twitter comment from journalists on the Dominic Raab interview (see 8.42am.)

From the Independent’s Rob Merrick.

Very revealing.....Dominic Raab hails a “cracking deal” for Northern Ireland because it will keep “frictionless access to the single market”

That’s EXACTLY why the rest of the UK will be left poorer, of course

Dominic Raab desperately trying to spin the deal as not creating a customs border in the Irish Sea. Checks or no checks, there will be a customs border in the Irish Sea. Goods passing through NI to EU from GB will be taxed with EU tariff - hence there will be a border #r4today

Not necessarily a bad thing. Many in NI will be thrilled by having one foot in each customs regime. But it’s simply disingenuous to claim this doesn’t create a customs border. Raab should just cough to it and admit it is a UK concession (EU made plenty as well) #r4today

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