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Brexit: Boris Johnson in Race To Win Support For Deal



Boris Johnson is in a race against time to sell the Brexit deal he has struck with the EU to MPs ahead of a Commons vote on Saturday.

The prime minister insists he is “very confident” of getting the majority he needs to “get Brexit done” by his 31 October deadline.

But the DUP and every opposition party plans to vote against his deal.

That means he must persuade Labour rebels, ex-Tories and Brexiteers in his own party to get on board.

A spokesman for Mr Johnson said he and and his team were spending the day on the phone to MPs from across the Commons to sell the deal.

The PM will also hold a cabinet meeting in No 10 later.

The DUP’s Brexit spokesman, Sammy Wilson, said his party would not only vote Mr Johnson down, but urge Conservative MPs to “take a stand” with them, setting the scene for a frantic day of arm-twisting on all sides at Westminster.

The prime minister will make a statement to the Commons on Saturday, before another minister opens a debate on the deal.

If he does not manage to get the numbers needed to win a vote, then he is expected to try again to trigger a general election.

The law states that the PM must ask the EU for a three month extension to the Brexit deadline if he cannot get a deal through Parliament.

The text of the letter he must send to Brussels is contained in the so-called Benn Act, passed last month by MPs determined to prevent a no-deal Brexit.

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