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Sam Gyimah says Theresa May's Brexit deal "isn't a deal".

Speaking on Monday, Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay claimed the United Kingdom will move into "significant uncertainty" if Mrs May's Brexit deal is voted down, during a meeting of the Exiting the European Union Committee.

Attorney General Geoffrey Cox earlier published an overview of his legal advice on Theresa May's Brexit deal and answered MPs questions on it.

British Prime Minister Theresa May brushed aside questions Monday about whether she will resign if her Brexit deal is rejected by Parliament next week, saying she's confident she'll still have a job after the crucial vote.

"You would need the government to actually table a proposal, have a vote in favour of it, which would require cross-party support", Nick Wright, a fellow in European Union politics at University College London, told AFP.

The MP, who voted to remain in the European Union in the Brexit referendum, said that supporting the deal will only serve to set Britain up for failure. "Britain will end up worse off, transformed from rule makers into rule takers".

The environment secretary said the most difficult element of the deal was the Northern Ireland "backstop", meant to prevent the return of a hard border with the Republic.

Ministers have consistently argued that Mr Cox's advice is privileged in the same way as any given by a lawyer to a client, claiming that the Government will not be able function if it can not enjoy such confidentiality. "I just don't see that happening", Javid told BBC radio.

Labour said the Government was seeking to avoid the publication for "fear of the political consequences" while Nigel Dodds, the DUP's Westminster leader, denounced the Irish border backstop plan as "deeply unattractive" and urged the Government to release the full legal advice, telling Mr Cox to recommend that the deal was rejected.

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Labour's Chris Bryant, a supporter of the People's Vote campaign for a second referendum, attacked the paper's release when MPs had demanded to see the full legal advice given to ministers by Mr Cox.

Former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab, who quit last month over the Withdrawal Agreement, said the legal position was clear.

"I am caught in an acute clash of constitutional principle", he said.

Rutte cited "red lines" drawn by both sides during the negotiations, including the U.K.'s refusal to accept free movement of people between Britain and the European Union, and the Irish border issue. And we can leave this ridiculous backstop when we decide, not when Europe decides.

MPs this week will be debating the Withdrawal Agreement which the Prime Minister secured with the European Union.

"But, what we went into the negotiation with in the end was a text that delivered the termination clause very much as it is laid out there".

May, for her part, has claimed the full extent of advice received by her government over the Brexit deal is confidential under lawyer-client privilege. Evidence of that tactic emerged nearly immediately on Sunday, with Tory Chairman Brandon Lewis saying that "the best way to prevent" that outcome is to "get this deal through Parliament on December 11".

The advice says discussions on any extension would involve "reaching further agreement on the UK's financial contribution".


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