Sunak poised to unveil Brexit deal after boasting of EU concessions
Johnson on the ‘best way forward’ for Brexit and Northern Ireland
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Rishi Sunak is expected to unveil a new Brexit deal with the European Union later today and will claim to have won major concessions from Brussels. The Prime Minister will meet European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Windsor at lunchtime that could see the two leaders seal a fresh agreement on the Northern Ireland Protocol. He will meet his Cabinet with the hope of receiving their backing on the deal before holding a joint press conference with the EU boss this afternoon.
The legal text of the bill will then be published before Mr Sunak tries to sell the new agreement with the EU to many sceptical MPs in the House of Commons.
Talks over post-Brexit arrangements have been ongoing for several months, and Mr Sunak will be hoping for the blessing of MPs, many of who have warned him not to make concessions to the EU.
But the threat of a Tory rebellion is a strong possibility, with several ardent Brexiteers firing warnings to the Prime Minister about the Protocol over recent days.
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Rees-Mogg warns Sunak might not have done enough to totally win over DUP
Former Tory Cabinet minister Jacob Rees-Mogg said the Prime Minister may not have done enough to persuade the Democratic Unionist Party to return to powersharing in Stormont.
Mr Rees-Mogg, who recently served as Brexit Opportunities minister, told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “From what I’ve heard, he (Rishi Sunak) has done very well.
But I’m not sure he has achieved the objective of getting the DUP back into powersharing, which is the fundamental point of it.”
Brexiteer warns PM of Tory rebellion if MPs disagree with new EU deal
Jacob Rees-Mogg has warned Rishi Sunak of a possible Tory rebellion if the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) does not support his deal on the Northern Ireland Protocol – despite major concessions expected from the EU.
The former Cabinet minister told GB News: “It will all depend on the DUP. If the DUP are against it, I think there will be quite a significant number of Conservatives who are unhappy.”
He also told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “So, if the DUP doesn’t think that it meets its test, that will be very influential among Conservative MPs.
“I’m afraid with all the EU deals the devil is in the detail, so when people say ‘we need to see the legal text’, they are not larking about, they really want to see it to understand what the effect is.”
Full list of Brexiteer rebels set to challenge Rishi Sunak on EU deal TODAY
Rishi Sunak will be bracing for a potential Tory rebellion against his deal with the EU, with some of his own MPs warning they will hit back if European judges retain any type of say over Northern Ireland.
Many prominent Brexiteers, including Mark Francois have issued stern warnings to the Prime Minister.
The Chairman of the European Research Group of Conservative MPs told Sky News: “Trying to bounce parliament usually ends badly.”
Mr Francois said the issue was about “whose law was sovereign in Northern Ireland”, before adding: “We need to get rid of EU law in Northern Ireland.”
Click here for a list of leading Brexiteers who could challenge Mr Sunak over any agreed deal on the Northern Ireland Protocol.
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