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SIR KEIR Starmer is facing a party crisis after Labour cabinet members threatened to resign if the leader backs the Brexit deal.

PUBLISHED: 10:34, Fri, Dec 4, 2020 | UPDATED: 10:34, Fri, Dec 4, 2020

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Yesterday, the Opposition leader revealed he was consulting across his party on whether Labour MPs should back a deal if it comes to a vote in the Commons. He said if the choice is between a deal or no deal, a deal is “in the national interest”.

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But he is facing a crisis after at least one shadow Cabinet member and several ministers will consider resigning if Labour supports Boris Johnson’s agreement.

Anneliese Dodds, the shadow chancellor, is believed to be among those in favour of abstaining.

The former MEP represents the pro-Remain seat in Oxford East.

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Other Shadow Cabinet Ministers include Emily Thornberry, David Lammy, Bridget Phillipson, Marsha de Cordova and Ian Murray.

Sir Keir Starmer facing crisis over Brexit dealSir Keir Starmer facing crisis over Brexit deal (Image: Getty)

Keir Starmer torn on Boris Johnson's Brexit dealKeir Starmer torn on Boris Johnson's Brexit deal (Image: Getty)

When asked whether they would resign, one shadow Cabinet Minister told The Times: “It would be a tough one.

“I’m not sure how I could vote for it.”

Another added: “We also know it will be catastrophic for jobs and the economy.

“How can you challenge the Government when you helped facilitate it?

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