Just TWO constituencies support Theresa May's Brexit deal

Prime Minister Theresa May's proposed Brexit deal has been roundly criticised across Britain's political spectrum

But, on a day when Theresa May suffered three Brexit defeats in the Commons - in which ministers agreed to publish the government's full legal advice on the deal - Mr Benyon justified his decision to rebel against his party in search of a "pragmatic" Brexit.

"We hope that prime minister May gets the negotiated deal through Westminster because it is the best and only deal available", said one diplomat.

The letter urges MPs to vote against the Prime Minister's withdrawal agreement next Tuesday and support the revocation of Article 50.

With parliament mid-way through a five-day debate on the Brexit deal before the vote on Tuesday which will define Britain's departure from the European Union and could determine May's future as leader, she looks set to lose the vote.

It would add provisions for the Commons to "approve the Government's proposed approach, including whether or not an extension to the implementation period should be pursued; and parliamentary approval of the commencement of the powers implementing the Northern Ireland backstop".

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond tells lawmakers who believe May can go back and renegotiate her deal with the European Union that they are out of tune with reality.

A strong 600 constituencies polled by YouGov believed that remaining in the European Union was the best option.

A Downing Street spokeswoman said: "The vote is happening on Tuesday". "Most members of parliament are keen to make progress on this and to do so in a sensible way".

In 2017, the government went to extraordinary lengths to suppress the publication of its Brexit impact assessments, and it has now become the first government in history to be found be in contempt of parliament for its refusal to disclose Cox's final legal advice.

But according to Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom, the crucial vote did not rule out a no-deal Brexit.

Tory resistance to the Brexit plan could be bolstered by the knowledge that voting down the deal will not necessarily result in the collapse of the Government given the DUP's stance.

"We're looking at is this question around the backstop and the role of parliament", May said.

"There would be arguments on different sides at that point in time", she said.

Worries about the backstop are a driver of opposition to the deal among both May's own Conservative lawmakers and the Northern Irish democratic unionist party (DUP) which props up her minority government.

Shadow Brexit secretary Labour's Keir Starmer said the advice revealed the "central weaknesses" in the government deal.

More than 20,000 people were asked to rank their preferences for Britain's future on Brexit - choosing between the Brexit deal, a no deal and remaining in the EU.

It is likely to be seized upon by Tory critics of Mrs May's deal, who argue that the backstop arrangement to keep the Irish border open will deny the United Kingdom the power to withdraw from a customs union without agreement from Brussels.

If Parliament approves the deal in a "meaningful vote" set for December 11, then Britain will move into the transition period to Brexit in March.

Pro-EU legislators say the amendment makes the prospect of a "no-deal" Brexit less likely, because Parliament can direct the government to take that option off the table.

Anti Brexit supporters demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in London.

With May's conservative party "highly unlikely" to go for a general election in the event the deal is voted down, Blair laid out a scenario in which various types of Brexit are then put forward by lawmakers - with only the rejection of a no-deal Brexit able to command a majority.

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