New Brexit secretary to focus on UK's readiness for exit

Blanche Robertson
November 18, 2018

Mr. Gove was a leading figure in the Vote Leave campaign during the 2016 Brexit referendum, and Mr. Fox is a long-time Eurosceptic.

Dominic Raab, the UK's Brexit secretary, who was nominally the chief British negotiator for the deal now on the table said on Thursday: " I can not in good conscience support the terms proposed for our deal with the European Union".

He suggested he would support a deal like that struck by the prime minister if it addressed those concerns.

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

The result will be decided by a simple majority, with around 320 votes needed to be certain of success.

By Sunday afternoon, a total of 25 MPs had revealed they had sent no-confidence letters to the chairman of the party's 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady.

"Mrs May will be invited", a diplomat said, "But even if something explosive happens and she can't come, it will go ahead regardless".

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But his work as part of the Joint Ministerial Council on Brexit and Gibraltar means he is well acquainted with the issues facing this community and the negotiations to date.

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".

She told Sky News television she was "absolutely determined to support the PM in getting the best possible deal for the United Kingdom as we leave the EU". May may also face a challenge to her leadership in a no-confidence vote being prepared by hardline Brexiteers in her own party.

"I don't know how I would vote - what the options would be at the time", Corbyn said.

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

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Shailesh Vara, the minister of state at the Northern Ireland Office, was the first top official to resign.

Amid the turmoil the ultimate outcome remains uncertain.

Mr Gove, Ms Leadsom, Ms Mordaunt and Mr Grayling had all made it clear on Thursday that they were contemplating following Dominic Raab and Esther McVey out of the Cabinet in -protest at the proposed deal, which could have sealed Mrs May's fate.

The 585-page document sets out the terms of the UK's departure and includes details such as how much money will be paid to the European Union, details of the transition period and citizens rights. The deal is due to be discussed at an European Union summit on November 25.

'This is a time for pulling together, for making sure we remember who we are here to serve, who we are here to help: that's the whole of the country'.

The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported that the DUP had demanded May be replaced as prime minister.

Much of the reason he said he wouldn't support Theresa May's deal was because it was "vague" and did not say enough about workers rights and environmental protections. "We are still working with the DUP".

If MPs back the deal, then an EU Withdrawal Agreement bill will be introduced to parliament.

He told Sky News there was support in parliament and in Europe for a "unity platform" that avoided a no-deal Brexit.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has repeated her mantra that there is no alternative to her Brexit plan.

The plans include "buffer stocks so that we have all the logistical capacity that we need to carry on running our business", said Chief Executive Warren East.

Theresa May has faced heavy criticism from all parties after publishing the draft Withdrawal Agreement.

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.

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