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Alun Cairns says Brexit deal ‘compromise not capitulation’

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The Brexit deal is a compromise and not a cave in to the EU, Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns has said.

He rejected claims the UK government had given in to Brussels’ demands.

Mr Cairns was speaking after the Cabinet agreed the draft deal in a five-hour meeting at Downing Street on Wednesday.

He said he did expect Prime Minister Theresa May to face a leadership challenge from angry Tory Eurosceptic MPs – but she’d win if a vote happened.

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The PM secured her Cabinet’s backing for the deal although several ministers are understood to have spoken against it.

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab quit his post saying he “cannot in good conscience support” the proposals – and Shailesh Vara, the Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office, has also stood down from his role.

Speaking to BBC Radio Wales, Mr Cairns said he did not remember raised voices in the meeting.

And he said the outline of the withdrawal agreement was only the “first stage” of Brexit.

Asked if there was any part of it he regretted, he said: “I wish we didn’t have to have the backstop in relation to Northern Ireland, because it’s an insurance policy for the Republic of Ireland and the Belfast agreement. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-politics-46220036

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