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Johnson urges MPs to end exhausting exit process

19 Oct 2019, 05:43 GMT+10

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson is talking to MPs as he tries to build a majority in Parliament for the Brexit agreement he reached with the European Union on Thursday.

But rebels expelled from his own Conservative Party are moving to postpone the decisive vote, forcing the prime minister to seek a further extension from the bloc.

French President Emmanuel Macron added to the pressure on MPs weighing how to vote when he told reporters in Brussels that a further extension shouldn't be granted if Parliament rejects the deal.

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Johnson said his Brexit deal is "fantastic" for Northern Ireland, because it "leaves the EU with the rest of the UK, can take part in free trade deals, there aren't any tariff barriers". He denied he had broken promises to the DUP in striking his agreement.

In a separate interview with ITV, Johnson promised a "deep and special partnership" with the EU that would be based on a "jumbo free trade agreement." He also said he would provide assurances on environmental protections and workers' rights -- issues of concern to Labour MPs considering backing him.

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