Ex-Brexit minister: May not standing up to EU bullies

Blanche Robertson
November 18, 2018

At least 21 Conservative MPs have publicly submitted letters of no-confidence in May and demanded that she step aside.

Mrs May had earlier said she believed the 48-letter trigger point had not been reached, despite two cabinet resignations last week and numerous pro-Brexit MPs openly saying they would not accept the European Union agreement. If 48 letters are sent, then a vote will be triggered and Mrs May could face a challenge to her leadership.

Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan said: 'Whether people voted leave or remain - nobody voted for this offer from the Government. "It's the worst of all worlds". Her Cabinet knows it and Parliament knows it.

May said the week ahead would be "critical" in the Brexit talks.

Asked if he had confidence in May, Gove, who is famous for sinking former foreign minister Boris Johnson's leadership bid in 2016, told reporters: "I absolutely do". She's being held to ransom by extreme right wingers in the Conservative Party.

'If a general election isn't triggered soon, we need a People's Vote'.

He told Sky News there was support in parliament and in Europe for a "unity platform" that avoided a no-deal Brexit. "I think she is taking us forward with confidence and - I have to say - with resilience".

She told the BBC that MPs contemplating submitting letters to Sir Graham should "think again", adding: "This is not a time for changing our leader".

The 585-page withdrawal agreement, which is due to be signed off at a special European summit next week, was published alongside a shorter document setting out plans for the United Kingdom and EU's future relationship.

This means that unless Theresa May can persuade similar numbers of Labour MPs to back her, the deal will not be passed.

Will the importance of the coming days lead to MPs and unhappy cabinet ministers backing off? "The important thing is that we're here for our constituents and as prime minister I'm here for the people of this country".

"Some politicians get so embroiled in the intricacies of their argument they forget it is not about this theory or that theory, or does it make me look good", she added.

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"They have already started on the procedures to allow negotiations to start immediately once we leave the European Union in March", he said.

"We can have debates in Westminster about whether this is the flawless Brexit from this viewpoint or from another viewpoint".

Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy has pleaded for unity as the Tory Party threatens to tear itself apart over Theresa May's Brexit deal. You were never going to get that.

Government minister Margot James has blasted leading Brexiteers for attempting to topple Theresa May, labelling them as "beneath contempt" for trying to oust the PM.

But when she asked who that could be, he said he had "no idea". "No deal would be catastrophic for the economy".

"I am doing my job".

Ms Rudd said she had seen universal credit "transform lives" in her Hastings and Rye constituency but she "recognised there had been some issues with it".

Previously, the deal faced harsh criticism from the opposition, while some members of the government resigned over the disagreement with the agreement.

Ms Vaz said: "The problems lie within the Tory Party who do not appear to have the best interests of the country at heart".

Pressure has been mounting on the Prime Minister to row back on her commitment to this Chequers-based proposal, which has split the Conservative party.

Allies say the support of Mr Davis, 69, will put "rocket boosters" under any challenge.

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