May presses on with her Brexit plan

Lester Mason
July 19, 2018

Johnson said that May's plan would mean that Britain would have "much less scope" to strike free trade deals around the world.

The PM's compromise Brexit plan sparked fury among Tory activists who have accused her of abandoning her original bold plans to keep the United Kingdom tied to European Union rules.

In a highly-charged personal statement to the House of Commons following his resignation as foreign secretary, Mr Johnson did not make a direct challenge to Mrs May's position as Prime Minister and Conservative leader.

Tory activists in the party's heartlands have boiled over in rage at the blueprint, which they warn will block the United Kingdom being able to strike out and do global trade deals.

"If the PM can fix that vision once again before us then I believe she can deliver a great Brexit for Britain", he added.

Theresa May is no longer in the driving seat according to the leading Tory remainer.

Johnson paid tribute to Theresa May for "her courage and her resilience".

Tuesday was also the second day running May faced revolt from backbench Tory lawmakers, after they failed on Monday by three votes to enact changes to a crucial post-Brexit customs bill.

She will also meet the all-powerful 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers this afternoon following a month in which calls for her resignation from her own MPs have grown.

Chairman Graham Brady is obliged to call a vote if 15 per cent of Tory MPs write to him calling for one - now 48 MPs.

The procedure was last used in 2003 when Iain Duncan Smith was ousted as Tory leader.

At a later meeting with her MPs, senior party officials said Mrs May was welcomed.


It was "clear that many people are concerned by this", he wrote.

Since the plan was unveiled, Brexit supporters and pro-EU lawmakers in her party have been at war with each other and in some cases with Mrs May.

British Prime Minister Theresa May narrowly survived another crunch Brexit vote in Parliament, as she struggles to unify her divided party around her strategy for leaving the European Union.

It on top of another very hard day for the prime minister, after narrowly surviving a key vote on the customs union last night, and caving to the demands of hardline Tory Brexiteers in a series of votes on Monday.

“We continue to make the fatal mistake of underestimating the intelligence of the public, ” Mr. Johnson warned his fellow parliamentarians, “saying one thing to the European Union about what we are doing, and then saying another thing to the electorate.”.

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"But, what was said time and time again was "we can do this in a dignified way, we really don't like the blue-on-blue attacks and that has to stop" and I think everyone got the message there". "We need to take one decision now before all others and that is to believe in this country and what it can do".

He added: "We never actually went to Brussels and turned it into a negotiating offer".

"We burned through negotiating capital".

Greening said such a vote was the only way to break the stalemate in parliament over the best future relationship with the bloc and branded May's plan as "a fudge I can't support".

"We haven't even tried".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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