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British MPs to vote on Brexit deal

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Members of Parliament will sit on a Saturday for the first time in 37 years to vote on British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal.

The PM has been trying to convince MPs to support the agreement he secured with the European Union, ahead of what is expected to be a knife-edge vote in the Commons.

His former DUP allies and opposition parties plan to vote against it, the BBC reports

Brexit Secretary, Stephen Barclay, admitted the vote could be “close” but said the government has “listened to the concerns of MPs across all sides.”

“Now it’s time for MPs to step up to their responsibility to get this deal passed, and allow the country to move forward,” he told BBC Breakfast.

At least nine Labour MPs are expected to rebel and the PM is hoping to be backed by some of the Tory MPs he sacked for opposing him last month.

Business in the House of Commons will start at 9:30 BST – the first weekend sitting since the invasion of the Falklands in 1982.

Mr. Johnson will make a statement to MPs and face their questions before the House moves on to a debate about the deal.

The timing of any votes depends on which amendments are chosen by the Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow, but they are not expected before 14:30.

Mr. Johnson’s revised deal with the EU was secured at a Brussels summit on Thursday.

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