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Changes made to the draft agreement had "rendered the deal fatally flawed", he told the BBC, "and in good conscience, when you think about the long-term, economically, democratically, when I look my kids in the eye, and ask, 'what will this country be like in ten years?' I did not feel that I could sign up to this".

Just hours after announcing that her senior ministers had collectively backed her divorce deal, May's premiership was thrust into its most perilous crisis to date when her Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab resigned on Thursday in opposition to the agreement.

Going further, May suggested her Brexit deal will protect "millions of British jobs across the country", end sizeable annual payments to the EU budget, and make sure the European Court of Justice has no jurisdiction over the UK.

In a combative piece for the Sun on Sunday, May insisted that the preliminary agreement she recently negotiated with Brussels will be "a deal that works".

'Any cabinet minister that supports this is not a eurosceptic'.

Rudd, who has already given her backing to the controversial European Union withdrawal agreement as "not flawless but ideal was never on offer", takes charge as work and pension secretary to replace Esther McVey, who resigned in protest on Thursday.

And a source said of Theresa May's deal: "Even if you don't mind it ideologically, you can't be fooled about getting it through the Commons". If MPs reject the deal, they will simply take us back to square one.

Around 20 Tory MPs have publicly called for a vote of no confidence in the prime minister, with more thought to have written to the chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee to call for a vote on her leadership.

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Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard says the turmoil of Brexit would be "nothing" compared with the uncertainty caused by a second independence referendum and a vote to leave the UK.

Mrs May tried to seize back the initiative yesterday by appointing Amber Rudd, the former home secretary, as Ms McVey's replacement as Work and Pensions Secretary, and promoting -Stephen Barclay, the junior health minister, to Brexit Secretary.

He told Sky News there was support in parliament and in Europe for a "unity platform" that avoided a no-deal Brexit.

CONSERVATIVE MPs in the Portsmouth region have rallied behind prime minister Theresa May, following a number of resignations over Brexit.

With her own leadership reportedly under threat from rebellious MPs, a defiant May denied she had thought about quitting and reiterated that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union on March 29, 2019. "That issue is still going to be there", she said in the interview, published Saturday.

"That's what drives me and that's what I am being driven to deliver", she said, adding: "I think that's what this deal does". Several other business groups and companies have also said the deal represented a key step forward, and financial markets largely stabilized on Friday after a tumultuous Thursday that saw the value of the pound suffer its steepest drop in two years. If she lost, she could not stand for re-election in a subsequent leadership contest.

By seeking to preserve the closest possible ties with the EU, May has upset her party's many advocates of a clean break, and Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which props up her minority government.


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