Theresa May rejects cabinet pleas to postpone Brexit vote

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PM instead offers a concession in the form of ‘parliamentary lock’ on Irish backstop

Theresa May has rejected a plea from some in her cabinet to postpone the vote on the withdrawal bill but has offered concessions to parliament on the contentious issue of the backstop arrangement for avoiding an Irish border.

Asked on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme whether she was prepared to delay a vote she is expected to lose, May said: “No. What I am doing is leading up to a vote on Tuesday. Yes I am meeting colleagues, I’m listening to colleague’s concerns. Not about delaying it, I’m listening to colleague’s concerns around the backstop.”

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