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Brexit: MPs begin debate on withdrawal agreement bill - live news

Rolling updates on today’s political developments as prime minister plans to ram his deal through parliament by Thursday

Boris Johnson is up to open the debate on the withdrawal agreement bill. (You can watch the live feed at the top of this blog.)

The prime minister says he wishes that the house had voted for the deal on Saturday, but that he still has “the utmost respect” for Oliver Letwin, though he disagrees with him.

MPs are taking their seats in preparation for the debate on the withdrawal agreement bill. Boris Johnson is set to open the debate, with Jeremy Corbyn opening for Labour.

This is the latest from Newsnight’s Nicholas Watt

On parliamentary numbers: view in government is that there is currently a majority for second reading. On programme motion: currently two or three votes either way

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