January 14, 2019 / 7:40 AM / 7 months ago

May to make statement on Brexit deal assurances at 3.30 p.m. GMT - Sky

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip leave church, near High Wycombe, Britain, January 13, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May will make a statement to parliament at 3.30 p.m. GMT before lawmakers continue their debate on her Brexit deal, Sky News reported on Monday.

Parliament is due to vote on Tuesday on whether to back May’s withdrawal deal from the European Union but it is expected that the agreement will be defeated.

Sky said May’s statement would focus on new assurances from the EU about the Irish backstop - an insurance policy to prevent the return of border controls between the British province of Northern Ireland and the Irish republic.

Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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