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Brexit: Cabinet backs Theresa May - draft agreement published

'Difficult choices particularly on Northern Ireland'

By Jonathan Bell and Mark Edwards

Theresa May's Cabinet has backed the Prime Minister's Brexit deal after a five-hour Cabinet meeting.

Mrs May said she believed the draft text was "the best that could be negotiated".

She said there had been a "long, detailed and impassioned debate" on the Brexit deal.

Speaking outside Number 10, the Prime Minister said: "I firmly believe that the draft withdrawal agreement was the best that could be negotiated and it was for the Cabinet to decide whether to move on in the talks.

"The choices before us were difficult, particularly in relation to the Northern Ireland backstop, but the collective decision of Cabinet was that the Government should agree the draft withdrawal agreement and the outline political declaration."

Mrs May announced she will make a statement to the House of Commons tomorrow and concluded: "I firmly believe, with my head and my heart that this is a decision which is in the best interests of the United Kingdom."

Below is how the day unfolded:

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