Embattled Theresa May faces new leadership challenge

Clay Curtis
April 23, 2019

The Prime Minister will convene her Cabinet on Tuesday morning while cross-party talks between the Government and the Labour Party will resume in a fresh bid to break the Brexit impasse.

Later addressing his social media followers, he accused Mr Watson of spending too much time in "Islington with the north London champagne set", and added, "You can not trust the Labour Party because they are betraying you on Brexit as much as the Tories are".

Nearly a third of party members - 32.4% - backed the pro-Brexit Tory to take over the helm of the party, up by 10 points in the last month.

Weekend opinion polls suggested that some Conservative councillors were likely to vote for Nigel Farage's Brexit Party because they were so fed up with the Government's failure to negotiate a departure from the European Union.

In desperation, at the start of the month she began talks with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to find a consensus, but initial discussions were unproductive and there are elements on both sides who oppose any such negotiations.

Labour Party now controls 30 of the 36 metropolitan boroughs, mainly in and around big cities such as Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle and Liverpool, with a chance to gain control in several more on May 2, while the so-called shire counties have always been an electoral desert for Labour.

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"We won't beat him unless we can inspire the millions crying out for a different direction".

Mr Farage accused Mr Watson of breaking his promise to the British people, claiming a second referendum would be "a total insult" to five million Labour Leave voters.

"We won't win if we sit on the fence about the most crucial issue that has faced our country for a generation".

But Mr Watson insisted Labour backing for a second - or "confirmatory" - referendum was the only way to respond to the challenge posed by Mr Farage.

Mr Corbyn told the Sunday Mirror: "Farage just says "let's get out of Europe without a deal'". It's that there are about 5m people who voted [Jeremy] Corbyn in 2017 and voted Brexit the year before, and I think that's where I need to be.

"A six-point swing to Labour, implied by polling putting the Conservatives on 28 percent and Labour on 36 percent, could yield more than 1,000 Conservative losses and 800 Labour gains, sufficient to put huge pressure on the leadership", they warned. "Change does bring a little bit of disruption", he said.

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