Brexit deal: Theresa May determined to 'see this through' amid growing criticism – Politics live

Prime minister holds press conference after resignations and tough questions from MPs in the Commons

8.15pm GMT

It appears Penny Mordaunt’s support for a free vote on the Brexit deal is being briefed out in Westminster this evening:

Penny Mordaunt still Development secretary tonight after meeting with PM.

She is pushing the idea of a free vote for Parliament for the meaningful vote with Number 10.

Believes it will take the wind out of the sails of a second referendum.

So,…update – Penny Mordaunt not going anywhere tonight, she’s still pushing for this idea of a free vote on final Brexit deal – what’s interesting is that she discussed that with the PM, but also the Cabinet Secretary

I understand Penny Mourdant met with the PM tonight to push her to allow a free vote on the Brexit deal. One source says the idea is “gaining traction” with MPs and ministers.

8.03pm GMT

The Welsh secretary, Alun Cairns, has warned pro-Brexit Conservative backbenchers they run the risk of leaving the UK within the EU if they oppose Theresa May’s plan.

The international trade secretary, Liam Fox, who appeared at an event alongside Cairns this evening, refused to speak to journalists after earlier batting away suggestions he might resign over the draft EU withdrawal agreement.

Changing the prime minister doesn’t change the arithmetic of parliament. So, therefore, colleagues need to accept the context in which we’re working.

I would say to the hardliner Leavers who want to leave without a deal that they run the risk of not having a Brexit.

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Source: theguardian