Brexit: Labour to back rebel Tory bid to force Johnson to demand extension – live news

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Brexit: Labour to back rebel Tory bid to force Johnson to demand extension – live news

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

Sir Oliver Letwin has released a note to journalists explaining what his amendment will do. (See 4.05pm.) Here it is.

I am writing this as somebody that voted three times for Theresa May’s deal, who has guaranteed publicly to vote for any deal that provides for an orderly exit, and who will vote for Boris’s excellent deal at all stages through to third reading of the implementing legislation, without any changes whatsoever.

The one issue that concerns me is to keep the Benn Act extension in place as an insurance policy until the implementing legislation is passed by both Houses of Parliament and the UK’s withdrawal Is ratified.

My colleague Heather Stewart says Labour is planning to back the Letwin amendment tomorrow. This sounds like a technicality, and it is not unexpected, but it may be the most important news of the day, and it could make a Brexit extension followed by an election more likely.

Understand Labour will support the Letwin amendment - which makes it likely to pass.
Would force Johnson to request an extension tomorrow; and mean we won't get a clean, up-and-down vote on his deal.

That, in light of the new deal agreed with the European Union, which enables the United Kingdom to respect the result of the referendum on its membership of the European Union and to leave the European Union on 31 October with a deal, this house has considered the matter but withholds approval unless and until implementing legislation is passed.

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