January 28, 2019 / 8:03 AM / 10 months ago

Brady hopeful government will back Irish backstop amendment

FILE PHOTO: Graham Brady, Chairman of the Conservative Party 1922 Committee, speaks to the media after announcing that the Conservative Party will hold a vote of no confidence in the prime minister, in Westminster London, Britain, December 12, 2018. REUTERS/Phil Noble

LONDON (Reuters) - An influential lawmaker in British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party said he was hopeful that the government would back his amendment calling for the Irish backstop element of her Brexit deal to be replaced by alternative arrangements.

“I hope so,” Graham Brady when asked if the government would support his proposal when parliament debates how to break a parliamentary deadlock on Tuesday over how to proceed with withdrawal from the European Union.

“I am hoping the way in which the amendment is crafted can attract that very broad support and if we can win the vote on my amendment then I think it gives the prime minister enormous firepower,” Brady, the chairman of the influential 1922 Committee of Conservative lawmakers, told BBC radio.

He said despite May’s deal being defeated in parliament by 230 votes, it did not mean it was dead.

Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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