Labour accuses government of defying will of Commons by not releasing full Brexit legal advice - Politics live

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Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including the start of Theresa May’s national tour to try to win support for her Brexit deal

Everyone is trying to work out what will happen if, as seems inevitable (just look at the numbers), Theresa May loses the Brexit vote a fortnight today. ITV’s political editor Robert Peston has had a go He thinks Jeremy Corbyn could respond by committing to a second referendum, prompting Theresa May to retaliate by proposing some form of government on national unity.

Here’s an extract.

According to senior Labour sources, Corbyn is close to agreeing that shortly (days) after the loss of the meaningful vote by May, he would formally make his party the champion of another referendum or people’s vote - on the basis that if there is no consensus in parliament on what comes next, the question has to go back to the people.

At this conjuncture, there might well be a clear parliamentary majority for such a referendum - with the choice between May’s deal (as the only negotiated deal) and remaining in the EU - if the Tory MPs who currently say they back a plebiscite stick to their guns.

Arlene Foster, the DUP leader, gave an interview to the BBC ahead of Theresa May’s visit to Northern Ireland this afternoon and she claimed that May had “given up” on trying to get a good Brexit deal.

I think the disappointing thing for me is the prime has given up when she’s saying: ‘This is where we are and we just have to accept that.’ She may have given up on further negotiations and trying to find a better deal, but I haven’t given up. I believe in a better way forward and I believe we must find it.

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