United Kingdom leader warns ousting her won't make Brexit talks easier

Lester Mason
November 18, 2018

Instead, Mr Barclay - who supported Leave in 2016 - will focus on the domestic legislation to prepare Britain for its scheduled departure in March.

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.

While others suggested as Brexit secretary, it should have in fact been him who stood up to the EU.

She appealed directly to voters Friday by answering questions on a radio call-in show.

May could yet face a vote of no confidence from her own MPs.

So far 23 MPs, including Martin Vickers, Nadine Dorries and Jacob Rees-Mogg, have all gone public with letters they have handed in to the 1922 committee.

Councillor Samantha Hoy of Wisbech, a prominent Conservative district and county councillor and leader of the town council, said: "I am unhappy with Theresa May's Brexit plan as I don't believe it delivers a true Brexit".

Mr Lefroy said: "I think it's ridiculous that people are doing that".

Despite speculation that the ministers might quit in protest at the Prime Minister's Brexit plan, the quintet reportedly wants to "get it in a better place".

Asked if he had confidence in May, Gove, who torpedoed former foreign minister Boris Johnson's leadership bid in 2016, told reporters: "I absolutely do".

"I do think there is a point at which, we probably should have done it before, where we just say "I'm sorry this is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, we can not accept those dictated terms". Forty-eight such letters - or 15 per cent of Conservative lawmakers - are needed for a leadership challenge vote. By far the most likely route to a second referendum would be through a Labour government which has explicitly kept the option of supporting it on the table, despite Jeremy Corbyn's personal reluctance to support one.

"I do think we are being subjected to what is pretty close to blackmail frankly", he told the BBC.

Brexit will pitch the world's fifth largest economy into the unknown.

Amid the turmoil the ultimate outcome remains uncertain.

Scenarios include May's deal ultimately winning approval; May losing her job; Britain leaving the bloc with no agreement; or even another referendum.

Eurosceptic MPs fear the deal would keep Britain shackled to Brussels long after Brexit on March 29, 2019. May's Conservative Party believe the agreement keeps the country too closely-tied to the European Union and defeats the objective of Brexit. Ms. Mr. Fox echoed that sentiment, telling reporters, "I have full confidence in the Prime Minister". MPs from both the Conservatives and Labour say they can not see how the deal will get through Parliament. "We are still working with the DUP".

However the role has been downgraded from that of chief Brexit negotiator, as has been the case until now.

Theresa May has warned her Tory opponents their alternate Brexit plans would not make their problems disappear as she faced a continuing gruelling battle to win over sceptical MPs.

John McDonnell, Labour's finance spokesman, suggested the main opposition party could negotiate a new withdrawal agreement before Britain leaves the European Union on March 29.

Amid deep disagreements over the best way forward for the UK, May's proposal has remarkably appeared to unite politicians from across party divides in their droves.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.

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