Theresa May condemns 'dehumanising' language used against her by rebel MPs

Lester Mason
October 22, 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May views a vehicle on a production line during a visit to the Jaguar Land Rover factory on September 1, 2016 in Solihull, England. But it's the trickiest part that's outstanding.

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of London over the weekend in support of the vote on the Brexit deal.

Restive Conservative backbenchers will meet on Wednesday night at a meeting of the 1922 Committee, which will be addressed by the party chair, Brandon Lewis. Forty Tory lawmakers as well as the DUP are likely to support it, the Telegraph reported. That's just two short of the threshold needed to trigger a ballot.

The problem for Sterling is that the backstop plan is fundamental to the E.U.'s negotiating position and therefore if the bill passes the United Kingdom could effectively have no choice but to reject the E.U.'s proposals, in turn increasing the prospect of a "no deal" Brexit once more.

In a bid to calm passions, May will address MPs in the House of Commons on Monday where she will say the divorce deal with Brussels is almost done. Any final deal must respect what people voted for: control of borders, control of laws, control of money, control of trade.

"They know if you wait a period of time and you push hard enough, Theresa May will make compromises and move backwards". But Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab hinted Sunday they could live with an alternative to a fixed end-date. Raab added: "It would be rather odd if we ended up in that bridging temporary mechanism without a route out, so it could be time-limited, there could be another mechanism".

The remarks are the first overt signal of flexibility on the matter by May's administration. Publicly, she's maintained that the backstop must be strictly time-limited.

In an upbeat assessment, she will try to dispel suggestions talks have stalled after a series of setbacks.

With just over five months until Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union, talks have stalled over a disagreement on the so-called Northern Irish backstop, an insurance policy to ensure there will be no return to a hard border on the island of Ireland if a future trading relationship is not agreed in time.

The EU and United Kingdom both accept the need for such a measure to avoid a return to a hard border with the Republic of Ireland but disagree over how it should operate.

That prompted May to propose a country-wide alternative in which the whole of the United Kingdom would remain in parts of the customs union after Brexit.

Grumbling has grown since she suggested last week that Britain could remain bound by European Union rules for two years or more during a transition period after it leaves on March 29.

He told the BBC's Andrew Marr show: 'We are at the end stage of the negotiation. "Government negotiators have no self-belief".

May's backstop counterproposal is for the United Kingdom as a whole to stay in a customs union with the EU.

The former Brexit secretary, David Davis, touted by some as a successor to May, wrote in The Mail on Sunday that "even the most charitable verdict on last week's Brexit talks in Brussels can hardly describe them as a success", because May appeared to endorse extending the transition period beyond December 2020.

Much of the condemnation has focussed on the fact that Britain's Prime Minister is female and should be insulated from the rougher moments of leading a nation. Next to her article was one by the Tory backbencher Johnny Mercer, who earlier in the week used unusually candid language to criticize May.

He told The Sunday Times: 'I can not continue to support an administration that can not function'.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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