'Stalemate': UK government's secret legal advice reveals Brexit fears

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May during a debate on the Brexit withdrawal agreement in the House of Commons in London on Dec 4 2018

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May arrives at a news conference after an extraordinary European Union leaders summit to finalise and formalise the Brexit agreement in Brussels, Belgium, Nov 25, 2018.

MPs have restarted their five-day long debate on Theresa May's Brexit deal in the House of Commons.

It would add provisions for the Commons to "approve the Government's proposed approach, including whether or not an extension to the implementation period should be pursued; and parliamentary approval of the commencement of the powers implementing the Northern Ireland backstop".

Five days before MPs vote on the deal negotiated with the EU, Philip Hammond and Matt Hancock will be among those trying to sell it to the public.

"If you remove the deal as an option and reallocate these preferences in a straight remain versus no deal contest, remain is slightly ahead, winning 52per cent to 48 per cent".

No 10 has said the Commons vote will go ahead on Tuesday, despite claims it could be delayed to avoid defeat.

After a bitter battle in which ministers were found to be in contempt of parliament, the UK's attorney general, Geoffrey Cox, has published his legal advice to the government on Brexit.

Tory resistance to the Brexit plan could be bolstered by the knowledge that voting down the deal will not necessarily result in the collapse of the Government given the DUP's stance.

The advice, from Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, the country's top law officer, examines the legal effect of the proposed backstop arrangement, or Northern Ireland protocol, which is a fallback measure created to maintain an invisible border in Ireland. In response, the government was due to publish it on Wednesday, after ministers agreed to release the advice in full.

Before the prime minister appeared at the despatch box, her government had gone down to defeat for the third time in an hour.

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It is the arrangement included in the withdrawal agreement to ensure there is no return to a hard border - physical checks or infrastructure - between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland after Brexit.

"This risk must be weighed against the political and economic imperative on both sides to reach an agreement that constitutes a politically stable and permanent basis for their future relationship".

Nigel Dodds, deputy leader of the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), confirmed the DUP meant to vote against Mrs May's plan next week but it would continue to support her government.

Mr Grogan (Keighley) said: "The deal the Prime Minister is offering us is reality a blind Brexit".

We have delivered a deal that honours the vote of the British people.

Asked on BBC Radio 4's Today programme if she would be happy for Parliament to adjudicate on whether to go into the backstop or extend implementation, the PM said: "I think people are concerned about the role of the United Kingdom in making these decisions".

Another fellow Cabinet minister, worldwide trade secretary Liam Fox, also backed the deal, warning there was a "natural "Remain" majority" in Parliament and any attempt to overturn the 2016 referendum vote in favour of Brexit would be a "democratic affront".

It was made for the "digital generation" as a way to counteract the amount of older Brexit supporters who were writing to their MPs.

He confirmed that, if the deal was rejected and Labour's preferred outcome - a general election - was not on offer, "all options" remained on the table, including "the option of campaigning for a public vote to break the deadlock".

Fox said that would be "a democratic affront" to the 52 percent of British voters who opted in a 2016 referendum to leave the bloc.

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