Brexit: McVey backing for May’s deal raises hopes for approval

Former cabinet minister’s confirmation hints that last week’s votes may have shifted terrain in parliament

The former work and pensions secretary Esther McVey, who resigned in protest at the prime minister’s Brexit deal, has confirmed she now plans to vote for it this week, raising hopes that it could yet be approved.

Theresa May’s deal was rejected by a majority of 149 last week, but McVey said she would “hold her nose” and approve it, after a pair of votes in parliament last week that rejected a no-deal Brexit and called for a delay.

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