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Theresa May is going to give a statement to MPs about Brexit this afternoon. As the Guardian reports in its overnight story, she is going to ask the Commons to her another fortnight’s grace to keep pushing for changes to the Irish backstop. Or, as May herself will put it, according to an extract from her statement released by Number 10 in advance, she will urge MPs to told their nerve. She will say:
The talks are at a crucial stage. We now all need to hold our nerve to get the changes this House has required and deliver Brexit on time.
By getting the changes we need to the backstop; by protecting and enhancing workers’ rights and environmental protections; and by enhancing the role of parliament in the next phase of negotiations I believe we can reach a deal that this House can support.
MH: Are you still holding out, you personally holding out, for changes to the withdrawal agreement?
AL: You know, the point is to ensure that the UK cannot be held in a backstop permanently. How it’s achieved is not something to be purist about.