Theresa May to reveal new Brexit deal

Theresa May to reveal new Brexit deal

Prime minister to give details of plan to get withdrawal agreement bill ‘over the line’

Theresa May is to set out the details of her “new deal” on Brexit in a speech at 4pm, as she paves the way for a last-ditch bid to take Britain out of the European Union before she leaves Downing Street.

The prime minister is expected to outline new proposals in a series of areas, including workers’ rights, environmental protections, and pledging a greater role for parliament in shaping the next stage of negotiations.

But much of the focus is expected to be on whether the government has moved far enough on customs arrangements and on the prospect of a second Brexit referendum to win over Labour MPs.

The prime minister told a marathon meeting of her cabinet, at which the compromise proposals were discussed: “The withdrawal agreement bill is the vehicle which gets the UK out of the EU and it is vital to find a way to get it over the line.”

The discussion lasted more than two hours, against the backdrop of contrasting comments from the chancellor, Philip Hammond, and the leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, about the prospect of a no-deal Brexit.

Asked about Hammond’s speech, in which he said a no-deal Brexit would be a betrayal, May’s spokeman insisted that option remained a “plausible” outcome and preparations for it would continue.

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