Former British minister Owen Paterson informed he had submitted a letter of no confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May in the hope of triggering a leadership challenge.
“I write to inform you that I no longer have confidence in the Prime Minister,” Member of Parliament declared in a letter to the senior lawmaker who would oversee any leadership challenge.
“It would be a travesty if the democratic verdict of the 2016 referendum – the largest in British history – were not delivered, yet the Prime Minister’s proposed ‘deal’ is so bad that it cannot be considered anything other than a betrayal of clear manifesto promises.”
The letter was published in the Telegraph newspaper, and on MP Owen Twitter micro blog.
British Brexit minister Dominic Raab said the parliament will have sufficient time to debate any exit deal Prime Minister Theresa May agrees with the European Union, and that lawmakers will have a real say on whether to approve it or not. However not all of them are convinced by minister’s promise, preferring to deliver personally their message to EU27 top negotiator Michel Barnier.
Senior Brexiteers held ‘constructive‘ talks with the EU27 top negociator Michel Barnier in Brussels today, but they denied undermining Prime minister Theresa May efforts.
Former Cabinet ministers Iain Duncan Smith and Owen Paterson, together with Lord David Trimble, held talks at the EU Commission Berlaymont building.
The delegates promoted their vision of an EU-Canada model of free trade to follow in shaping Brexit deal, putting forward the policy of the Tory European Research Group.
The fragmentation of British public opinion vis-à-vis Brussel creates apparent frictions in the process of Article 50 talks, weakening the officially mandated negotiator position Dominic Raab, who is facing complex consequences of “tribalisation” of the UK politics.