Prime Minister Theresa May has announced she will resign as Conservative Party leader on 7 June, under mounting pressure to quit facing a backlash from her own MPs against her Brexit plan. Until present the Westminster has rejected May‘s government withdrawal agreement or otherwise called “Brexit deal” three times.
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A junior minister in Prime Minister Theresa May’s government have reportedly collected 200 signatures from Conservative Members of Parliament for a letter calling for a ‘managed’ no-deal Brexit, ITV’s Political Editor Robert Peston said.
“DExEU minister Chris Heaton-Harris… is said by several of his colleagues to have collected 200 Tory MP signatories on an old-fashioned paper letter… calling for what is frequently described as a “managed” no deal,” Peston informed.
A new party aiming to struggle for Article 50 implementation and subsequent withdrawal of the UK from the European Union in accordance with the result of the referendum has been registered with the Electoral Commission today by the Member of the European Parliament Nigel Farage,
The group, called “The Brexit Party“, could attract Conservative activists disillusioned with Prime minister Theresa May handling of the withdrawal.
The party could start activities if EU departure is delayed from its scheduled date of March 29, with ex-UKIP chair Nigel Farage likely to seek a return to leadership.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph Mr.Farage claimed “a significant amount of money has been pledged to the Brexit Party if it is forced to take part in an election”.
“The engine is running,” he wrote. “In defence of democracy, we stand ready for battle.”
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will listen to British Prime Minister Theresa May update on the UK Brexit plans on December 4, Friday, a spokesperson of the relevant service said. (Image: illustration).
At present, according to polls, the majority of Conservatives in the Parliament are against the governmental deal, negotiated with the EU during last two years. The EU top executives clearly indicated there will not no re-negotiations of the deal. “That is THE DEAL!” Jean-Claude Juncker said arriving at a special EU Brexit Summit, when commenting of prospects of a “better deal” suggested by some British politicians.
German and other European Union member-states ministers told Britain their draft Brexit agreement could not be renegotiated.
British Prime Minister Theresa May is attempting to keep the last week’s deal alive and push it through the UK parliament amid criticism from pro-Brexit politicians, Northern Ireland’s unionists from one hand and those who want to keep closer EU ties from the other.
However some Tory MPs continue to press for late changes to the deal.
Ministers from the 27 EU countries are meeting in Brussels ahead of the deal being finalised on Sunday Summit.
More than 100 Westminster constituencies that voted to leave the EU have now switched their support to Remain, writes The Guardian newspaper, quoting new analysis seen by the Observer.
In findings that could have a significant impact on the parliamentary battle of Brexit later this year, the study concludes that most seats in Britain now contain a majority of voters who want to stay in the EU, the newspaper continues.
The analysis, one of the most comprehensive assessments of Brexit sentiment since the referendum, suggests the shift has been driven by doubts among Labour voters who backed Leave.
As a result, the trend is starkest in the north of England and Wales – Labour heartlands in which Brexit sentiment appears to be changing. The development will heap further pressure on Jeremy Corbyn to soften the party’s opposition to reconsidering Britain’s EU departure, the Guardian concludes.
The UK foreign minister Boris Johnson vision on Brexit, and the future of his country was considered as ‘backseat driving” by his own colleagues in government.
Ahead of Prime Minister Theresa May speech in Italy about Britain’s planned EU departure, Johnson published a 4,300-word newspaper article that exceeded beyond his ministerial brief and, in some cases, the approach set out by the government.
Interior minister Amber Rudd said it was “absolutely fine” for the foreign secretary to intervene publicly but that she did not want him managing the Brexit process.
“What we’ve got is Theresa May managing that process, she’s driving the car,” Rudd told the BBC’s Andrew Marr.
Asked if Johnson was backseat driving, she replied: “Yes, you could call it backseat driving, absolutely.”
Johnson’s article re-ignited speculation that he would challenge May for the leadership of the Conservative Party.
Rudd, however, said she did not think Johnson was laying the groundwork to challenge May.
“I think that he, like I, supports the prime minister at this difficult time as we try to conclude the negotiations with the EU,” she said.
May’s deputy, Damian Green, said also weighed in on Sunday, saying that Johnson had written a “very exuberant” article but it is “absolutely clear to everyone that the driver of the car in this instance is the prime minister”.
“It is the job of the rest of us in the Cabinet to agree on a set of proposals and get behind those proposals and get behind the prime minister,” Green told BBC TV.
Johnson had written in the Daily Telegraph that Britain would not pay to access European markets in the future. Once out of the EU, the country should borrow to invest in infrastructure, reform the tax code and set immigration levels as it sees reasonable.