The legal risk of the UK being tied to EU rules after Brexit “remains unchanged” despite changes to the PM’s deal, the attorney general has said.

Geoffrey Cox said the new agreements reinforced the legal rights available to the UK if post-Brexit trade talks broke down due to “bad faith”.

But the Brexit-backing European Research Group have said they will not be voting for the PM’s deal.

That is a blow to Mrs May’s hopes of getting it through the Commons later.In a statement, the ERG said: “In the light of our own legal analysis and others we do not recommend accepting the government’s motion today.”

The last time Mrs May’s withdrawal agreement was put to Parliament in January, it was voted down by a margin of 230.

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