Theresa May battles to win over rebel Conservative Party amid Brexit upheaval

Lester Mason
November 18, 2018

Mr Raab, who stepped down as Brexit secretary on Thursday saying he could not accept the terms of the deal done by the Prime Minister, told the Sunday Times the United Kingdom should demand an agreement that allows it to unilaterally leave any customs union.

Eurosceptic MPs fear the deal would keep Britain shackled to Brussels long after Brexit on March 29, 2019.

More than 40 Conservative MPs have already pledged to vote against the draft withdrawal agreement when it comes to the House of Commons before Christmas.

Asked about the actions of Tory Brexiteers, Ms James, who is digital minister said: "I think it's beneath contempt". She did not immediately address that part of the caller's question.

Stephen Barclay, a little-known junior health minister, was appointed as the new Brexit secretary, although the status of the role was downgraded from chief negotiator with May leading the completion of talks with the EU.

Mr Barclay had not been widely regarded as a front runner for the new Brexit ministerial post and has not been thought of as a prominent spokesman for the vote leave campaign.

She served for six years in the notoriously thankless job of home secretary, responsible for borders, immigration and law and order.

They will need the signatures of 15 per cent of the parliamentary party - 48 Conservative MPs - to force a vote of no confidence in Mrs May.

Mark Francois: It is "absolutely obvious" Theresa May's Brexit deal will not pass through Parliament.

And Brexit-supporting ministers led by Andrea Leadsom are reportedly set to work together on measures to make the deal more acceptable to them. However, both the Irish and Dutch prime ministers said there was little scope to change the proposals.


Since winning the top job in the turmoil that followed the 2016 referendum, May's tumultuous premiership has been characterized by an obdurate flair for survival despite frequent crises.

May's de facto deputy, David Lidington, said she would win a vote of no confidence, in which she would need a simple majority of the total votes cast by her lawmakers.

The Sunday Times also reported Britain's army had been ordered to step up contingency plans to help police maintain public order in case of food and medicine shortages after a "no deal" Brexit, citing an unnamed "well-placed army source".

But Mays draft agreement with Europe appeared to have slim hopes of winning approval in the British Parliament — raising the spectre of a no-deal exit, which would scupper any transition.

'Now you are before the truth and the truth is that going out of the European Union, going out of the (EU's) single market, going out of one of the most important economic markets of the world is a mistake with very strong negative consequences'.

By seeking to preserve the closest possible ties with the EU, May has upset her party's many advocates of a clean break, and Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which props up her minority government. "We are still working with the DUP".

The EU and Britain need an agreement to keep trade flowing between the world's biggest trading bloc and the United Kingdom, home to the biggest global financial center. I don't support a no deal, I support the PM.

The Labour MP for Wolverhampton South East said the UK's future relationship with the European Union should be put back to the people if Theresa May's plan crashes and burns.

The 1922 Committee is what stands between Theresa May and any potential leadership election, and her premiership has come under constant threat since she her Brexit plan was announced in the summer.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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