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PM urges MPs to back her Brexit deal and ‘give up being an EU member’ for Lent

Theresa May has urged MPs to “give up being a member of the European Union” for Lent as a Tory MP called on the Commons to back her Brexit deal.

Simon Hoare (North Dorset) said at Prime Minister’s Questions: “Today sees the start of Lent, traditionally a time of abstinence and giving things up. Recently it’s become about doing something new and positive.

“Would my Right Honourable Friend agree with me, that it would do our national soul some good if we all took up voting with the Government to leave the EU with her good deal and in an orderly fashion on the 29th March?

Mr May replied, saying that Mr Hoare had put forward a “very positive suggestion” for MPs to back her deal.

She added: “And then of course across this House, we would all be able to give up being a member of the European Union on the 29th March.”

Later in PMQs, the SNP’s Westminster leader, Ian Blackford (Ross, Skye and Lochaber) attacked the PM for her “heartless” policy of making EU citizens living in the UK register for settled status.

Mr Blackford said forcing 87-year-old Tove MacDonald, brought up in Denmark under Nazi occupation before moving to the UK 59 years ago, to register was “a disgrace”.

He said: “Why is the Prime Minister making Tove register after almost 60 years? Will she end this heartless policy?”

Mrs May responded: “We want to ensure EU citizens living here have their rights protected…If he is interested in defending and protecting the rights of EU citizens here in this country then I hope he will vote for the deal, which does exactly that.”

It came after Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley confirmed: “Leaving with a deal on the 29th March is our clear objective and that is what we are working towards.

“It remains though the responsibility of the UK Government to continue preparations for the full range of potential outcomes including no deal, and as we do so, and as decisions are made, we will take full account of the unique circumstances of Northern Ireland.”

She added: “The Government is taking appropriate and responsible measures in the event that we end up with no deal, but there is a way to avoid no deal and that is to vote for the deal next week.”

Picture: Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons, London. (House of Commons/PA).

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JOIN US FOR THE RE-DEDICATION EVENT -WATCH OUR LIVESTREAM BELOW AT NOON

THE REDEDICATION In 1381, England was dedicated to Mary by King Richard II and was 'set apart for her among the nations. This year, the Christians of England are called to make a personal dedication to Mary, taking up her example as Christ’s first disciple. History...

Prayers to say for the rededication of England as Mary’s Dowry

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With the coronavirus pandemic causing Masses across the country to be cancelled, there is now a large demand for virtual worship – and Catholic charity CAFOD hopes its weekly ‘Children’s Liturgy Live!’ will inspire families across the UK after the first session saw...

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