Despite their past criticisms, Graham Brady and his 1922 committee now seem willing to help the prime minister get her plans through

Theresa May’s hopes of winning parliamentary approval for her Brexit deal grew last night as the leader of Conservative backbenchers softened his opposition – and suggested he will recommend that MPs back it – if the prime minister secures new assurances on the Irish backstop.

The move by Sir Graham Brady, who chairs the 1922 committee, is a significant shift and came as senior government sources predicted that May could hold the crucial meaningful vote as early as this week. Only weeks ago Brady successfully championed a Commons amendment that instructed May to return to Brussels to negotiate the complete removal of the backstop from the withdrawal agreement and find another way to solve the Irish border issue.

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