United Kingdom leader warns ousting her won't make Brexit talks easier
Nov 19, 2018, 02:16
Esther McVey, the Work and Pensions Secretary, Shailesh Vara, Minister for Northern Ireland and Brexit Minister Suella Braverman resigned along with Raab, just a day after May confirmed her Cabinet's support for the draft deal agreed on by negotiators from both sides on November 13.
Around 20 Tory MPs have publicly called for a vote of no confidence in the prime minister, with more thought to have written to the chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee to call for a vote on her leadership.
Ireland's foreign minister, Simon Coveney, said on Saturday that British pro-Brexit ministers were "not living in the real world" if they thought they could renegotiate the divorce treaty agreed with the European Union last week.
Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage says that although she hasn't seen the full deal yet, she will also be backing Theresa May in the coming months.
In a tumultuous week, May finally clinched a divorce deal with the European Union - only for it to be savaged by the political opposition, her parliamentary allies and large chunks of her own Conservative Party.
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"I do think there is a point at which, we probably should have done it before, where we just say "I'm sorry this is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, we can not accept those dictated terms".
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The five ministers were named widely in media reports as Andrea Leadsom, leader of the House of Commons, Environment Secretary Gove, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, and International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt.
The prospect of May's ouster or the deal's failure in the British Parliament has raised concerns that Britain could try to renegotiate the agreement before its scheduled exit on March 29, 2019.
It follows a backlash against her controversial EU Brexit deal.
"I think there's still the potential to improve on the clarification and on some of the measures within it and that's what I'm hoping to be able to help with", she said.
"We are being bullied (by the EU), I do think we are being subjected to what is pretty close to blackmail", he told BBC television.
Coveney said talks in the coming days on the declaration provided British ministers with the opportunity to get the reassurances they need on future EU-British trade.
Tory whips met at Westminster yesterday to discuss building support for Mrs May ahead of a crunch no-confidence vote - expected to be triggered on Monday - which would oust her from Downing Street. If May stayed on in power without a divorce deal that could be approved, the ultimate outcome of Brexit would be uncertain.
Politicians, officials and diplomats in London openly questioned how long May had left as speculation swirled that a leadership challenge could come soon. This is the option being pursued by the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who believes he can put enough pressure on May to force her to go back to the country if she is unable to get support for her deal from MPs.
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