Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab 'preparing to fight for PM's job'

Clay Curtis
November 18, 2018

But instead, they've remained in the cabinet - for now - to try and secure the changes they want to the U.K. Brexit strategy from within the government.

May herself will personally oversee the last 10 days of negotiations with the European Union on the future framework of relations, while Barclay will focus on the domestic readiness for Brexit and getting May's draft withdrawal agreement through parliament.

Stephen Barclay, a little-known junior health minister, was appointed as the new Brexit secretary, although the status of the role was downgraded from chief negotiator with May leading the completion of talks with the EU.

Seven leading Conservatives, including Boris Johnson, David Davis and Dominic Raab, are actively preparing campaigns to challenge Theresa May's leadership, United Kingdom media reported, as she declared "no alternative" to her Brexit deal.

But the deal led to a backlash from some Brexit-supporting MPs, including Mr Raab and Ms McVey.

Her comments came after Brexiteers vying to oust Mrs May were warned their efforts could drive Remain-voting Tories to attempt to stop Brexit entirely.

She said: "People say "If you could only just do something slightly different, have a Norway model or a Canada model, this backstop issue would go away".

"Serving in high office is an honor and a privilege", but also a heavy responsibility, she said. "I think she is taking us forward with confidence and - I have to say - with resilience". Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson has also said a second referendum, dubbed the People's Vote, should not be ruled out.

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Councillor Jan French said she believes MP Steve Barclay was "the right man for the job and will put Fenland on the map" but had reservations about whether the current Brexit deal was right for the country.

"I hope they go back into their corners and we can get on with doing what we're expected to do, which is delivering a Brexit I hope will protect the economy", she said. Andrea Leadsom, who is convening the group, Liam Fox, Chris Grayling, Penny Mordaunt and Michael Gove are trying to draft an alternative plan that they can support and so stay in the government, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday. If an agreed deal on leaving between the Govt and the European Union is voted down by purist Brexiteers, do not be surprised if consensus on accepting the result of the Referendum by Remain voting MPs breaks down.

He suggested he would support a deal like that struck by the prime minister if it addressed those concerns.

"Indeed, it doesn't meet the tests you set from the outset of your Premiership".

"Like me he has always been a leaver and I'm pleased to see him get the job, even if no one else wanted it".

Sir Graham Brady told BBC Five Live that if the 48-letter threshold was reached he would have to trigger the no-confidence vote process "expeditiously" and could not delay to help the prime minister.

Writing in the same national newspaper, Mr Tomlinson said: "I must hold the record as the PPS who has served for the shortest time". May has insisted that this is the best deal possible and took her case to the public on Friday, participating in a radio call-in show where one caller told her bluntly to resign.

It is a "backstop we never intend to use", she said, adding: "Were it to have to be used, both sides can review it".

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