United Kingdom leader fights back against critics, defends Brexit deal

Lester Mason
November 19, 2018

After a tumultuous week, Theresa May said the proposed withdrawal accord would only be signed off if the future relationship deal was satisfactory.

It is hard to see how the 25 November EU summit could go ahead if Theresa May were to lose a confidence vote in the next few days.

At a hastily scrambled press briefing, Mrs May issued a stark warning: "If we do not move forward with a Brexit agreement, we can not know what will follow".

The last time a Tory leader was ousted by their own MPs, in 2003, Iain Duncan Smith faced a confidence vote the next day.

However, no announcement came officially from the 1922 Committee, and May loyalists have said that she would fight any efforts to unseat her, with others saying that a majority of Conservative MPs would ultimately vote to keep her as party leader.

Cameron resigned as Prime Minister in June 2016 after unsuccessfully backing the Remain campaign.

European Council President Donald Tusk has said the summit will go ahead unless something "extraordinary" happens - he did not elaborate on what that might be.

The long-awaited draft Brexit agreement was finally published, sparking ministerial resignations, including that of the Brexit secretary, and a parade of MPs brandishing letters of no confidence in the prime minister. It is considered highly unlikely that the European Union leadership would be open to significant revisions to the withdrawal deal both sides agreed to last week.

Why did Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab resign?

A United Kingdom minister who was involved in negotiations with the Gibraltar Government to ensure continued post-Brexit access to the United Kingdom market for Gibraltar-based firms was last night appointed Brexit Secretary by Prime Minister Theresa May.


Mr Green told the BBC: "If you step back, we are at the absolute crunch point of the most important negotiations this country has had for decades".

The prime minister said that her meeting with Juncker will focus on Britain's "future relationship" with the EU.

"I have worked very closely with her on Brexit and I think there is still the opportunity to get this right, support the Prime Minister - but she must also listen and change course on Brexit".

"If we can not close this deal on reasonable terms we need to be very honest with the country that we will not be bribed and blackmailed or bullied and we will walk away".

Mrs May said the backstop is an "insurance policy", adding: "Both sides can say yes we agree that there are arrangements in place, that a deal that provides for the people of Northern Ireland and therefore that backstop is no longer necessary".

Why are people unhappy with the deal?

May's draft deal with the European Union was approved by her cabinet on Wednesday, but prompted a wave of resignations and criticism from lawmakers in her party, with many calling for a no-confidence vote.

The DUP's parliamentary contingent, meanwhile, have said they will not support the proposal because of the "backstop" conditions.

He added: "Had that been the choice, I personally would have voted to remain". "Because if you have a referendum tomorrow, what is the question going to be on".

"There's 500 pages in this document much of which is quite vague, where's the guarantee on environmental protections, where's the guarantee on consumer protections, where's the guarantee on workers' rights?" "The government must go back to negotiate and see what it comes back with and and parliament must look at that at the time".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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