Theresa May has pleaded with MPs to consider the interests of the country and the importance of delivering Brexit as she gave herself two weeks to try to persuade 89 hostile Tory backbenchers to support her final deal. The prime minister said she had no Brexit plan B as she addressed a sceptical and at times hostile House of Commons in a two-and-a-half-hour debate on Monday that ran on for more than an hour before anyone was prepared to speak in her support. But she faced an unexpected blow when Donald Trump later said it sounded like a “great deal for the EU” that would stop the UK trading with the US. The US president told reporters outside the White House: “I think we have to take a look at, seriously, whether or not the UK is allowed to trade. “Because, you know, right now, if you look at the deal, they may not be able to trade with us … I don’t think that the prime minister meant that. And, hopefully, she’ll be able to do something about that.” While May was speaking in the Commons, Julian Smith, the chief whip, confirmed to MPs that the make-or-break vote on… Read full this story
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