Rishi Sunak has issued a plea to Tory Brexiteers to back his Windsor Framework Brexit deal when it is put to a crunch vote in the House of Commons next week.
Downing Street said the deal “resolves the fundamental issues” caused by the Northern Ireland Protocol and the Prime Minister would “very much encourage” MPs to support it.
Asked for Mr Sunak’s message to potential rebels, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman said: “We believe this is the best deal for the people of Northern Ireland. It resolves the fundamental issues that we know the protocol was having on day-to-day lives. So we would very much encourage MPs to vote for the deal next week.”
MPs will vote on the Windsor Framework on Wednesday and it is expected to easily clear the Commons because Labour has committed to backing the Government.
However, Mr Sunak will be keen to avoid a rebellion by Tory Brexiteers which could undermine his authority and take the shine off the framework he has agreed with the EU.
Reports have suggested that Downing Street now believes a maximum of 20 Tory MPs could rebel. The European Research Group of Tory Brexiteers is yet to deliver its final verdict on the PM’s deal.
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