24 hours to save Brexit as Boris urges MPs to defeat May's deal

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Twelve former Conservative ministers have called on Parliament to 'unlock a better future' by voting down Theresa May's Brexit deal.

In an open letter the ex-ministers including Boris Johnson and David Davis said it was 'right to vote down this bad deal' and said Britain should have the 'confidence' to leave on WTO terms.

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Writing separately, Mr Johnson warned MPs against 'ludicrous parliamentary jiggery-pokery' designed to thwart Brexit.

It comes as Theresa May launches a last-ditch bid to save her deal, warning there are only 24 hours left to save Brexit from being stopped altogether.

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The Commons will vote on Mrs May's withdrawal agreement on Tuesday and the PM is widely expected to lose.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, the 12 former ministers said: 'A managed WTO Brexit may give rise to some short-term inconvenience and disruption, but the much greater risks arise from being locked into a very bad deal.

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'It is right to vote down this bad deal and that in doing so we will unlock a better future for our party, our country and its people.

'Indeed, it would be by agreeing to this punative and highly one-sided deal that we would do most damage to the Conservative Party's prospects at the next election.'

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Conservative heavyweights including Mr Johnson, Mr Davis and former party leader Iain Duncan Smith were among the Brexiteers to sign the letter.

Esther McVey, Priti Patel, Owen Paterson, Dominic Raab, John Whittingdale, Mark Francois, Steve Baker, Shailesh Vara and Suella Braverman also backed the letter.

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Writing separately in his weekly column, former Foreign Secretary Mr Johnson said the deal was the same 'wretched text' which was on the table in December.

Conservative MPs should reject the deal which was the 'worst of both worlds' and a 'complete stinker', he said.

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Mrs May postponed the...
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