May warns Tory rebels ousting her could delay Brexit

Frederick Owens
November 19, 2018

"Politics is a tough business and I've been in it for a long time", she said.

May is battling to win over rebels in her Conservative Party and and to preserve her position as prime minister after a grueling week in which party members plotted to oust her and two Cabinet ministers quit within hours of her government striking the long-sought divorce agreement with the EU.

"I'll guess we'll find out in the coming days, but I think it's an very bad lot closer [to a confidence vote] than it was a week or so ago", he said, telling the broadcaster a number of MPs are taking the weekend to consider their position. "It threatens the internal integrity of the United Kingdom and does not allow us control over our own laws".

"The government have to go back to the European Union and renegotiate rapidly", he said, adding that second Brexit referendum was "an option for the future" and "not an option for today". Instead, Barclay-who supported Leave in 2016-will focus on the domestic legislation to prepare Britain for its scheduled departure in March.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said his party could get a better deal in time for Brexit.

"A change of leadership at this point isn't going to make the negotiations any easier. what it will do is mean that there is a risk that actually we delay the negotiations and that is a risk that Brexit gets delayed or frustrated".

Meanwhile, Theresa May took a swipe at Tory rivals threatening to unseat her as party leader as she warned the next seven days would be "critical" to achieving a successful Brexit.

While 21 MPs have publicly stated they have submitted their letters to the backbench committee, Ben Bradley MP claimed that the number was "significantly" higher than that and he could name "five or six more" fellow Tory MPs.

"I think there is one thing that is missing and that is political will and resolve", he said.

CONSERVATIVE MPs in the Portsmouth region have rallied behind prime minister Theresa May, following a number of resignations over Brexit.

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He told the Sunday Times: "If we can not close this deal on reasonable terms, we need to be very honest with the country that we will not be bribed and blackmailed or bullied and we will walk away".

On that note, Nadine Dorries, a British Conservative politician, has said in a recent interview with Sky News that the Brexit deal "gives us (the UK) no voice, no votes, no MEPs, no commissioner".

As it stands, the draft agreement sees Britain leaving the European Union as planned on March 29 but remaining inside the bloc's single market and bound by its rules until the end of December 2020.

According to the BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg, the group of ministers want a change in the text to include the possibilities of new technology or a free trade deal as alternative solutions to the Irish border issue.

Staying in a Customs Union, Northern Ireland being treated separately from the United Kingdom and the role of the European Court of Justice are also challenged.

Both Britain and the European Union want to ensure Northern Ireland's hard-won peace process isn't undermined, but reaching an agreement on how to achieve that had always been a key obstacle in the negotiations.

She then suddenly raised stakes, saying that "the choice before us is clear - this deal or leave with no deal".

On Friday evening, it emerged that Mrs Leadsom hopes to work with the four other ministers to change a specific part of the draft withdrawal deal regarding what is known as the Irish backstop - one of the main sticking points in talks with Brussels.

"I still think a deal could be done but it is very late in the day now and we need to change course", Raab told the BBC, adding that changes should be made before the deal is brought to parliament as lawmakers would not support it as it stands.

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