Brexit: Theresa May wins support of cabinet for draft European Union divorce deal

Conservative MP turns on Theresa May during Prime Minister's Questions

The prime minister added: "I believe that what I owe to this country is to take decisions that are in the national interest".

When you strip away the detail, the choice before us is clear. We can and must do better than this.

May did not receive unanimous support from her Cabinet for a deal, which was not put to a vote among Cabinet members.

Just over 12 hours after May announced that her cabinet had agreed to the terms of the deal, Brexit minister Dominic Raab and work and pensions minister Esther McVey resigned.

He said: "Is the Prime Minister aware that if the media reports about the European Union agreement are in any way accurate, you are not delivering the Brexit people voted for and today you will lose the support of many Conservative MPs and millions of voters across the country?".

In his resignation letter, Raab said: "I regret to say that, following the Cabinet meeting yesterday on the Brexit deal, I must resign".

The agreement got tenuous backing from May's cabinet after a marathon session on Wednesday, but cracks emergedwith the resignations of four ministers, including, ironically, Brexit secretary Dominic Raab, central to reaching the agreement.

However, Caroline Flint, another former minister, said again on Thursday that she would consider voting with the government, unless there are safeguards against a no-deal Brexit: "It's hard to focus on the deal when the government is imploding".

"This deal will not pass parliament", said Labour's Jack Dromey.

But the deal was in jeopardy as two Cabinet ministers and multiple other officials quit over the deal - meaning May might not have enough votes when the draft returns to Parliament for approval.

Amid the political turmoil, the pound plunged on currency markets.

More than half of British people now want to remain in the European Union, a new poll has revealed.

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News that a deal had been struck after a year and a half of negotiations was welcomed in Brussels, and European Union chief Donald Tusk called for a November 25 summit of leaders so they can rubber-stamp the agreement.

"The choice is clear: we can choose to leave with no deal, we can risk no Brexit at all or we can choose to unite and support the best deal that can be negotiated", she told the Commons.

A source told BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg that Environment Secretary Michael Gove had been offered the job as Brexit Secretary and was understood to be considering it, but to be asking for assurances that he could pursue a different kind of deal.

As the chaos within government circles gathers momentum, calls for a second "people's vote" over the issue of Brexit is also gaining ground.

She insisted the agreement is the best deal Britain can get.

She argued in her statement that the deal protects the peaceful settlement in Northern Ireland by leaving the European Union as one United Kingdom by having no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Mr Bone asked whether she was "aware" that she was was "not delivering the Brexit people voted for" with the draft withdrawal agreement. May gave no date for a vote in parliament but she will need the votes of about 320 of the 650 lawmakers.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the draft deal was "a failure in its own terms" and a senior spokesman said that the "likelihood" was that the party would vote against it in the Commons.

Getting a deal through parliament will be hard.

Some eurosceptic MPs have publicly said they have submitted such letters in protest at her Brexit negotiating strategy.

Following an early Thursday meeting, Tusk heaped praise on the EU's Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, who had "achieved the two most important objectives" - limiting the damage caused by Britain's impending departure and maintaining the interests of the other 27 countries that will remain in the bloc after Brexit.

The draft accord envisages a July 2020 decision on what would have to be done to safeguard an open Irish border after the post-Brexit transition runs its course if a new trade deal is not in place.

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