PM May sticks to Brexit deal as opponents seek formal challenge

Cornelia Mascio
Novembre 21, 2018

The failure to reach the key threshold, days after Mr Rees-Mogg declared an all-out attack on Mrs May's Brexit deal, sparked amusement among some Tory MPs.

So far, more than 20 Tory lawmakers have publicly declared they want May to go.

That doesn't mean everything is going May's way.

The DUP, which is propping up Mrs May's government with a confidence and supply deal, is supposed to support her on laws including "finance bills".

DUP lawmaker Sammy Wilson said the votes were "designed to send a political message to the government: Look, we've got an agreement with you but you've got to keep your side of the bargain".

Mrs May told him "the portrayal that you have given of what has been agreed is a little inaccurate", adding "it makes sense for us to continue having a good trading relationship with the European Union. but also have the freedom, which we will have, to sign those trade deals around the rest of the world".

Leadsom and Gove are holding talks with three other Cabinet ministers, including International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt, who has indicated she may quit her ministerial post over the plan.

But on the question of the immediate threat to May, the insurrection has not gone to plan.

Steve Baker, another former minister in the Department for Exiting the European Union who had resigned earlier, is reportedly coordinating the latest coup against May and claims that more than 50 MPs are ready with no-confidence letters, making a contest likely next week.

Another hinted that now might not be the best time to strike.

In interviews at the weekend, Ms Sturgeon suggested two ways forward - for the House of Commons to coalesce behind a plan to keep the United Kingdom within the single market and the customs union, and the option of a second vote.

He spent much of the weekend arguing with critics on Twitter and said he was now convinced passing the deal was "more important than the referendum itself" especially for the economy.

The British prime minister might be struggling to garner enough support among Tory party colleagues by Tánaiste Simon Coveney was seen to voice his support.

According to reports, the party's influential 1922 Committee is edging closer to the 48-MP mark that is needed to trigger a leadership contest.

Tall and polite, the 51-year-old appeared calm as he enjoyed a leisurely coffee in Parliament Monday. Meanwhile, newspapers have been claiming for weeks the number is well over 40, with The Sun putting the number of letters at 42 on Monday. But facing a motion from 70 MPs across both sides of the benches including many Conservative rebels she was forced to back down and agree to publish the details before parliament votes on the Brexit agreement.

Frank Field outside 10 Downing Street.

It is also unclear what would happen if Parliament rejected the deal when it is put to a vote, likely next month.

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