• Jeremy Corbyn urges Theresa May to cut short MPs’ break for vote (BBC): The Labour leader said the vote on the prime minister’s deal must happen “as soon as possible” even if that means recalling Parliament early from the Christmas break. He said he suspects that the new timing of the vote, now scheduled for mid-January, is “a completely cynical manoeuvre to run down the clock and offer MPs the choice of the devil or the deep blue sea.” Jeremy Hunt said today that he believes a “version” of Mrs May’s deal could pass through Parliament and has urged the EU to “define what temporary is” in relation to the Irish backstop in order to allay the fears of MPs who believe the backstop could continue indefinitely.
  • MPs urge Commons veto over post-Brexit trade agreements (BBC): The International Trade Committee said MPs must have a “meaningful role” in ratifying trade deals the UK signs after Brexit, with scrutiny from an early stage and a decisive final vote. The government is not obliged to give Parliament a vote on treaties it signs. However, the cross-party committee is urging the government to operate from a “presumption of transparency rather than secrecy”.