May takes swipe at Tory critics ahead of ‘critical’ week for Brexit

Lester Mason
November 18, 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May is shoring up her support as the threat of a leadership challenge looms. "Actually these negotiations have been tough right from the start, but they were always going to get even more hard right toward the end when we are coming to that conclusion", she said.

Another pro-Brexit minister, worldwide trade secretary Liam Fox, also spoke out in her favour, urging MPs to support the premier's draft Brexit agreement, saying a "deal was better than no deal".

"I think that the United Kingdom can not be trapped in a permanent customs arrangement and I think that it's really important that we get some sort of clarity and some improvement on that particular aspect of it".

May has appointed junior health minister Stephen Barclay as Brexit Secretary, replacing Dominic Raab, who resigned on Thursday.

She added the deal would prevent future Governments from striking free trade deals and "threatens the integrity of the UK".

In a message to those plotting her downfall, including members of the European Research Group of Eurosceptic MPs, she said she had not considered quitting. "I am bringing back what I believe to be the best deal for Britain and MPs will then do their job, thinking about the impact of that on their constituents", she added.

David Davis, who was Brexit secretary before Mr Raab, had earlier used a series of tweets to again urge Mrs May to seek a looser deal with the EU.

"I'll be going through the detail, listening carefully to all the different views by people in Dudley, reading all the briefing and listening to the experts".

Corbyn said if May's Brexit agreement comes to Parliament in its current state the Labour Party would vote against it. They are aiming for the magic number of 48 - the 15 percent of Conservative lawmakers needed to trigger a challenge to her leadership under party rules. Dieter Kempf told Funke Mediengruppe newspaper chain that a no-deal Brexit would hit the automotive, aerospace, chemical, pharmaceutical, engineering and electrical industries particularly hard.

The group reportedly comprises Vote Leave leader Michael Gove, Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt.

Speaking to The News, MEP and former UKIP leader Nigel Farage said: 'This deal is the worst in history and is a trap to keep us stuck inside European Union rules.

John Penrose will join the Northern Ireland office, replacing Shailesh Vara, and Kwasi Kwarteng will go to the Department for Exiting the European Union, replacing Suella Braverman. Their support is seen as a critical boost for Ms.

One of them, Mark Francois, complained that May's draft deal would leave Britain with the worst outcome - "half in and half out" of the EU.

"This is a withdrawal agreement which took the best part of two years to negotiate involving 28 countries, all of whom have their own particular concerns and interests", said Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

Leonard says the difficulties and uncertainty created by Brexit would pale into insignificance compared with the fallout should Scotland sever ties with the UK.

Jacob Rees-Mogg outside Parliament explaining his decision to send a letter of no confidence to the Conservative backbench 1922 committee.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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