Is Britain's Prime Minister facing Mayday over her Brexit plan?

Blanche Robertson
November 18, 2018

"We need a decisive 60/40 vote to realistically conclude the national debate on this critical issue".

More than 20 MPs have publicly admitted to submitting letters of no confidence in May this week, while reports have suggested a further 15 have been submitted in private, with a total of 48 letters required to trigger the vote.

The extent of the opposition to the deal in the Commons was laid bare during a three-hour debate with Theresa May on Thursday, during which the prime minister sustained attacks from her own benches as well as from the opposition. Her Cabinet knows it and Parliament knows it.

'It doesn't protect jobs, rights and living standards in Portsmouth. It sets up a blind Brexit with no idea of what lies ahead.

Other mutinous MPs in her party have openly spoken of ousting her and said the Brexit deal would not pass parliament. "Parliament will not support no deal".

"This deal does not do that and Labour will not vote for it".

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage says that although she hasn't seen the full deal yet, she will also be backing Theresa May in the coming months.

When asked to resign by a caller during the radio phone-in, May said that her divorce deal delivered on the key issues for many people who voted to leave the EU. "If we change the person at the top, whoever is at the top we will still have the same problems".

British political correspondents also reported that Gove, Fox and other pro-Brexit ministers would meet this weekend to amend May's deal.

On Saturday Andrea Leadsom, the minister in charge of government business in parliament told the BBC that she was supporting May but was not fully happy with the deal.

But convening a European Council without a British Prime Minister would send the message that Brexit and the Article 50 does not stop.

Henry Smith: "With regret, I have to inform you I have lost confidence in Theresa May as leader of the Conservative Party and British Prime Minister".

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"If those letters were to go in, I think that she would win any such vote decisively, and she'd deserve to do so", Lidington said in a broadcast clip.

'Any cabinet minister that supports this is not a eurosceptic'. "There is no different approach that we could agree with the European Union".

"A hard Brexit would be disastrous", the BDI's Kempf said. "There's then going to be a period of time, up to the end of December 2020 for business to be adjusting to the new relationship that we're going to have with the European Union".

Many say the conditions under the draft agreement are worse.

But he's now part of a group of five hard Brexit cabinet ministers urging May to re-write her draft.

"I shall fight on", Thatcher said defiantly. "I have to find a way through, what best suits everybody's needs". "No deal would be catastrophic for the economy".

On the leadership issue, he said: "Some people have become over-excitable, and if there is to be a challenge I wonder why the numbers haven't been reached yet".

The Walsall MP blasted the Conservatives and claimed their turmoil showed they do not have the country's best interests at heart.

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.

So who would be Britain's next prime minister if Mrs May falls? "People did not vote to be poorer and less secure".

Sheryll Murray: "I have lost confidence in the Brexit policy of the Prime Minister".

"The difficulty we're now in goes back to the difficulty when Britain joined [in 1973]".

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