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Brexit-backing Tory MPs, among them Bill Cash and John Redwood, have made impassioned pleas for the Commons not to pass the Cooper Letwin Bill, which would instruct the prime minister to avoid a no-deal Brexit.
They have characterised the Bill as an attempt to prevent the UK leaving the European Union because it would only allow for the UK to leave with a deal. And they have denounced the emergency Bill, which is being rushed through parliament, as an attack on the UK’s constitutional norms and as anti-democratic.
MPs are now debating amendments to Cooper Letwin. A result is expected within an hour or so.