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PMQs: May faces Corbyn after ERG refuse to back government Brexit motion – Politics live

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The prime minister of Belgium, Charles Michel, has backed a ‘no deal’ over a ‘bad deal’, despite his country’s vulnerability to a cliff-edge Brexit.

“Clarity requires me to say that between a ‘no deal’ and a ‘bad deal’, I prefer a ‘no deal’, which will have the merit of clarity and responsibility”, said Michel, in comments reported today in the Belgian media. Speaking in Bruges, the Belgian PM added:

The backstop is not a detail, both for guaranteeing peace in Ireland and for the integrity of the domestic market, its capacity for economic development, employment and investment.

A good deal is on the table, but the British parliament is trying to take us toward a bad deal. The British parliament’s demands on the backstop would weaken the economic development of Europe, a risk for our businesses and our jobs.

Fox is responding to Gardiner.

He says, if Labour wants continuity, they should vote for the government’s Brexit deal.

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Keir Starmer calls for tougher Labour rules to expel antisemitic members

Brexit spokesman says he is frustrated by party regulations after shadow cabinet row

The shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, has called for tough rules to swiftly kick out antisemitic Labour members, following rows at a shadow cabinet meeting over the party’s backlog of complaints.

The deputy leader, Tom Watson, clashed with the party’s chair, Ian Lavery, at a shadow cabinet meeting on Tuesday which was entirely dedicated to the subject.

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Brexit: MPs will have another say by end of month, says minister

James Brokenshire says Commons will have chance to block no-deal departure

The government has sought to buy Theresa May more time to put together a workable Brexit deal by promising another say for MPs by the end of the month, as business leaders said the process was now in the “emergency zone”.

James Brokenshire, the communities secretary, said that if by 27 February there was no finalised deal to put to the Commons, MPs would again be given an amendable motion to consider. This would give them the chance to block a no-deal departure or other interventions.

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Keir Starmer battles to keep Labour support for people’s vote alive

Jeremy Corbyn’s offer to back PM’s deal sparks backlash from his party’s anti-Brexit MPs

Keir Starmer is battling to keep alive the prospect that Labour could ever support a second Brexit referendum as the party reacted angrily to Jeremy Corbyn’s offer to back Theresa May if she flexes her red lines.

Corbyn had written to the prime minister on Wednesday night laying down his conditions for supporting her deal without mentioning the possibility of a public vote, sparking the furious response from Labour MPs and anti-Brexit activists on Thursday.

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