March 12, 2019 / 1:21 PM / 7 days ago

Pro-Brexit Conservative group say they will not vote for UK PM May's Brexit deal

LONDON (Reuters) - An influential pro-Brexit faction of lawmakers in Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives said on Tuesday it would not be voting for her Brexit deal as the assurances received from the European Union did not meet the tests the government set itself.

The European Research Group said the verdict of its ‘Star Chamber’ set up to analyze the changes was that they did not deliver legally binding changes to the Brexit deal or the Irish backstop, and did not provide an exit mechanism over which Britain had control.

“In the light of our own legal analysis and others we do not recommend accepting the government’s motion today,” William Cash, a senior pro-Brexit Conservative lawmaker said in a statement.

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan and William James, editing by Elizabeth Piper

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