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Is Andrea Leadsom correct that it is ‘May’s deal or no deal’ on Brexit?

Analysis: Commons leader has appeared to toughen the consequences of throwing out the prime minister’s agreement – in that crucial vote next month, says deputy political editor Rob Merrick

Sunday 23 December 2018 19:40
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Andrea Leadsom is a 'unicorn hunter' - in the words of David Gauke, the unhappy justice secretary
Andrea Leadsom is a 'unicorn hunter' - in the words of David Gauke, the unhappy justice secretary

MPs cannot prevent no-deal Brexit if they fail to approve May’s plan” screamed the headline tweeted approvingly by Andrea Leadsom, the indefatigable Commons leader.

The link takes readers to an interview in which Ms Leadsom appears to toughen the government’s line on the consequences of throwing out Theresa May’s agreement with the EU, in that crucial vote next month.

She reminds the public that crashing out without a deal – with all the dangers for food and medicine supplies – is the “legal default position” next March, if nothing else intervenes.

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