Brexit vote news LIVE: Government loses working majority as Phillip Lee joins Lib Dems ahead of showdown with Government

Addressing MPs within the Commons, Mr Johnson mentioned: “I wrote to President Tusk to set out our arguments why any future settlement should embrace the abolition of the anti-democratic backstop.

“We have additionally been clear that we are going to want adjustments to the political declaration, to make clear that our future relationship with the EU will probably be based mostly on a free commerce settlement and giving us full management over our rules, our commerce and our overseas and protection coverage.

“In the last few weeks I believe the chances of a deal have risen. This week we are intensifying the pace of meetings in Brussels.” 

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