New Brexit Secretary meets European Union counterpart as Tories try to steady nerves

Daniel Fowler
July 19, 2018

That came after she had fought hard to get the agreement of cabinet ministers at her Chequers country residence earlier this month for her vision of Brexit. It has one theme: “It is not too late to save Brexit.”.

It is possible she thinks its wisest to cling to power in an attempt to present a strong ruling party to the public.

In a speech at Lancaster House in London 18 months ago, May listed 12 priorities for Brexit including the pursuit of a free-trade agreement with the European Union and an end to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in Britain.

"We can't rely on anything", said Warren East, CEO of United Kingdom engine maker Rolls Royce, who said his firm could start stockpiling parts soon if it looked like Britain was heading towards a disorderly exit from the EU.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May plans to address lawmakers from her Conservative Party in an attempt to ease tensions after a series of close votes in the House of Commons underscored the fragility of her government.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph Mr Timothy said that if Britain leaves the European Union in "chaos" or does not leave the bloc at all, "a national humiliation greater than Suez awaits".

He told MPs: "Given that in important ways this is Brexit in name only, I am of course unable to support it and am happy to be able now to speak out against it".

May's vulnerability in parliament, where she lost her party's majority in an ill-judged election past year, was also laid bare on Monday when her decision to accept demands of hardline pro-Brexit lawmakers stirred a revolt among those who want to keep the closest possible ties in the EU.

The backlash has seen the prime minister face persistent rumours Tory MPs are planning to topple her.

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'I always have to look you all in the eye and tell you that I have done what I believe is right for the country and our Party.

"At absolutely no point because Brexit continues to mean Brexit", May replied.

May has risked a leadership contest after the so-called Chequers deal for a post-Brexit Britain that would see the United Kingdom abiding by European Union rules in return for free trade.

"Instead we dithered. We burned through negotiating capital".

While May's party continues to be divided by her desire for a "business-friendly" departure, European Union member Ireland also said it was focusing on the white paper, unwilling to be diverted over the changes to her Brexit plans forced through in Parliament this week.

"She has been defeated by the right-wing ERG [European Research Group] of her own party, and by the pro-European wing of her party in separate votes, and only survived yesterday's crucial vote on future customs arrangements with the help of Labour MPs".

'If 48 such letters are sent a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister amongst Conservative MPs will take place.

Johnson had the right to speak in the House by longstanding British parliamentary convention - albeit one not observed in recent times - that Members of Parliament who had resigned from the government should be able to make personal statements.

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