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Brexit: Lawmakers react to May's deal

Opponents and supporters of May's deal take to Twitter

epa07431039 Pro-Brexit protesters rally for Leave outside parliament in London, Britain, 12 March 2019. British parliament will vote on British Prime Minister May's amended Brexit deal later in the day. Theresa May wants parliament to back her 'improved' withdrawalk agreement she has negotiated with the EU over the so-called 'backstop'. The United Kingdom is officially due to leave the European Union on 29 March 2019, two years after triggering Article 50 in consequence to a referendum. EPA/NEIL HALL
epa07431039 Pro-Brexit protesters rally for Leave outside parliament in London, Britain, 12 March 2019. British parliament will vote on British Prime Minister May's amended Brexit deal later in the day. Theresa May wants parliament to back her 'improved' withdrawalk agreement she has negotiated with the EU over the so-called 'backstop'. The United Kingdom is officially due to leave the European Union on 29 March 2019, two years after triggering Article 50 in consequence to a referendum. EPA/NEIL HALL

Theresa May's vision for Brexit hangs in the balance. Will her so-called adjustments be enough for lawmakers?

Supporters on the whole seem to be outnumbered by opponents of May's deal - at least on Twitter. How that materialises in parliament will be seen in a vote late on Tuesday and could be very different to the virtual world.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid, a key ally of the prime minister, called for the UK to "seize new opportunities".

Opponents have already sparked a trending #NothingHasChanged hashtag in the UK. Green Party leader and remainer Caroline Lucas says May's Brexit deal remains ambiguous an puts jobs at risk.

Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer of the opposition Labour Party pulled no punches in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon ahead of the vote on May's deal.

Other MPs waited for legal advice from the UK's top lawyer. Heidi Allen, MP with the breakaway Independent Group, tweeted her disapproval with May's deal.

Chuka Ummuna, seen as the voice of the breakaway group, urged parliament to back a second vote on Brexit.

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, perhaps the biggest advocate for Brexit in 2016, called on MPs to reject May's deal.

Meanwhile, European leaders have rallied around the agreement between Jean-Claude Juncker and Theresa May. Netherlands PM Mark Rutte says there is "no alternative".

EU Commission President Juncker said Brexit may not happen if UK lawmakers reject the deal.

Updated: March 12, 2019 05:17 PM

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