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In his Today interview Matt Hancock, the health secretary, also said that Downing Street had been “very clear” that the Brexit vote would not be delayed.

And he said that, if MPs voted down Theresa May’s Brexit deal, then the default option would be for the UK to leave the EU with no deal. He said

I don’t know how likely ‘no deal’ is. It is what happens automatically unless parliament passes something else.

Good morning. Sorry about the late start.

The Commons is not sitting today, and so we will have to wait until Monday for day four of the Brexit debate. But campaigning ahead of the vote continues. Downing Street is sending around 30 ministers on local visits today to promote the merits of Theresa May’s Brexit deal. In a statement released overnight, May said:

We have delivered a deal that honours the vote of the British people.“I’ve been speaking to factory workers in Scotland, farmers in Wales and people right across the country, answering their questions about the deal and our future.

Overwhelmingly, the message I’ve heard is that people want us to get on with it. And that’s why it’s important that ministers are out speaking with communities across the UK today about how the deal works for them.

Hancock also said the government was consulting on plans for chemists to ration drugs to ensure patients can retain access to vital medicines in the event of shortages.

He defended the government’s preparations for a no-deal Brexit but stressed that the potential problems were a reason to back Theresa May’s plan in the crunch December 11 vote.

Related: Cabinet's senior soft Brexiters step up their no-deal warnings

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