Bri­tain's Brexit vote: How many law­mak­ers are back­ing PM May?

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LON­DON: Bri­tain's par­lia­ment is de­bat­ing whether to sup­port Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May's Brexit deal, a de­ci­sion which will de­fine Bri­tain's de­par­ture from the Euro­pean Union and could de­ter­mine her own fu­ture as leader.

The odds look stacked against May win­ning par­lia­men­tary ap­proval for her deal, which has come un­der fire from all sides, in­clud­ing euroscep­tics, sup­port­ers of the EU and the North­ern Ir­ish party prop­ping up her mi­nor­ity Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment.

Be­low is a run­ning tally of the num­ber of law­mak­ers who have so far ex­plic­itly in­di­cated dur­ing the de­bate whether they plan vote for and against the Brexit deal on Dec.11. Law­mak­ers are en­ti­tled to change their mind be­fore the vote, and some do not state how they in­tend to vote.

There are a to­tal of 650 law­mak­ers in par­lia­ment. Of those, 102 are gov­ern­ment min­is­ters and Con­ser­va­tive Party en­forcers, or whips, who are re­quired to sup­port the deal and so are not in­cluded in the tally.

Law­mak­ers who have in­di­cated they will sup­port the deal: 7

Law­mak­ers who have in­di­cated they will op­pose the deal: 36

Here is a se­lec­tion of quotes from law­mak­ers dur­ing the de­bate on why they have made their de­ci­sions:

SUP­PORT­ING THE DEAL: Roger Gale, Con­ser­va­tive law­maker "We have three op­tions. I rule out no Brexit, be­cause I be­lieve that it is not what peo­ple voted for. I have had to rule out ... hard Brexit. I be­lieve that it would be im­mensely dam­ag­ing. Even my mis­er­able maths says that two out of three leaves one, and that one is the with­drawal agree­ment that will be be­fore us on Tues­day night."

Stephen Crabb, Con­ser­va­tive law­maker

"Yes, this is an im­per­fect deal; it could have been so much bet­ter if we had used our time much bet­ter as a gov­ern­ment and a party over the past two years. But I am go­ing to vote for it be­cause I be­lieve in do­ing Brexit in a re­spon­si­ble way that pro­tects the in­ter­ests of my con­stituents and abides by the out­come of the ref­er­en­dum in 2016."

OP­POS­ING THE DEAL: Boris John­son, for­mer for­eign min­is­ter and lead­ing Brexit cam­paigner:

"The deal is a na­tional hu­mil­i­a­tion that makes a mock­ery of Brexit. I am sorry to say this, th­ese are hard truths, but there will be no proper free trade deals and we will not take back con­trol of our laws."

Mar­garet Beck­ett, op­po­si­tion Labour law­maker and for­mer for­eign min­is­ter:

"The deal on of­fer ... does not re­cover our sovereignty. It leaves us rule tak­ers from the Euro­pean Union with­out any voice in shap­ing those rules. It rep­re­sents what may well be the big­gest trans­fer of sovereignty ever pro­posed by any Bri­tish gov­ern­ment, be­cause this time sovereignty is not be­ing shared - it is be­ing sur­ren­dered."

Anna Soubry, prom­i­nent pro-EU Con­ser­va­tive law­maker:

"I fear for our coun­try if we set course now, agree to this deal and make the grave mis­take of leav­ing the EU, which has con­veyed so much pros­per­ity and de­liv­ered peace and a bet­ter coun­try."

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