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Brexit deal 'is not legally binding'

Today Programme

BBC Radio 4

Former Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon

Former Defence Secretary suggested earlier this week that the Brexit withdrawal deal is doomed and contains no guarantee of smooth trade in the future.

Chancellor Philip Hammond admits: "It is not legally binding but it is politically binding."

But he says: "The deal that we've negotiated sets out a framework for the future partnership and it makes some very specific and clear commitments but the precise binding legal treaty text has still got to be negotiated and of course until that text is finally negotiated and locked down, there will be an element of uncertainty.

Pound slips further against the dollar

Pound graph

The pound has extended its fall against the dollar and is now trading down 0.42% at $1.2754.

Against the euro the pound has fallen 0.28% to €1.1274.

David Cheetham, chief market analyst, at XTB, says that the fall probably has more to do with comments from "former May Loyalist" Sir MichaelFallon who told the BBC's Today programme that the Prime Ministers' Brexit withdrawal deal is as opposed to anything US President Donald Trump had to say about UK-US trade relations.

Brexit: How will the South East's MPs vote?

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

The House of Commons will vote on Theresa May's Brexit withdrawal agreement on 11 December, but how will some of our MPs in the South East vote?

Fifteen MPs have suggested they will vote against it:

Damian Collins (Folkestone & Hythe)

Craig Mackinlay (South Thanet)

Maria Caulfield (Lewes)

Rehman Chishti (Gillingham & Rainham)

Henry Smith (Crawley)

Gordon Henderson (Sittingbourne & Sheppey)

Crispin Blunt (Reigate)

Adam Holloway (Gravesham)

Tracey Crouch (Chatham & Aylesford)

Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham)

Charlie Elphicke (Dover)

Peter Kyle (Hove)

Lloyd Russell-Moyle (Brighton Kemptown)

Rosie Duffield (Canterbury)

Caroline Lucas (Brighton Pavilion)

Ten MPs have said they will vote for it:

Sir Roger Gale (North Thanet)

Amber Rudd (Hastings & Rye)

Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells)

Huw Merriman (Bexhill & Battle)

Helen Whately (Faversham & Mid Kent)

Damian Green (Ashford)

Kelly Tolhurst (Rochester & Strood)

Sir Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex)

Helen Grant (Maidstone & The Weald)

Stephen Lloyd (Liberal Democrat/Eastbourne)

Five MPs have not yet made their position clear:

Nusrat Ghani (Wealden)

Sam Gyimah (East Surrey)

Gareth Johnson (Dartford)

Sir Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks)

Tom Tugendhat (Tonbridge & Malling)