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Watch: Iain Duncan Smith slams May’s Brexit plan

Theresa May is in the Commons attempting to convince MPs to back her Brexit plan. But it isn’t going well. Iain Duncan Smith was particularly critical of the PM’s backstop blueprint, telling May that while he appreciated her efforts it wasn’t good enough. Here’s what he said:

‘For all of the effort and work, the reality is that this is not the withdrawal agreement, and the withdrawal agreement will make it very clear that, should we struggle with a negotiation for a free trade arrangement and not complete that process, we will fall into the Northern Ireland backstop as it exists at the moment. And that will mean we are bound by those restrictions which force Northern Ireland through a separate arrangement. I simply say: I would hope that she would now consider that none of this is at all workable, unless we get the withdrawal arrangement amended so that any arrangement we make strips out that backstop.’

Oh dear…


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