UK PM Theresa May's Power Weakened Over BREXIT

Marcus Newton
July 20, 2018

His remarks are nonetheless a headache for the British Conservative leader who is trying to rally support for her Brexit plan, which would see Britain remain closely aligned with the European Union on trade rules for goods (though not services).

Prominent ex-ministers David Davis and Boris Johnson resigned from the cabinet over the plan devised at the PM's country retreat Chequers.

The Prime Minister avoided a damaging defeat - which could have had major implications for her leadership - by just six votes in the Commons on Tuesday night.

It has been confirmed that Mr Johnson will make his resignation speech to the House of Commons following PMQs, a source close to the former foreign secretary has said.

However he denounced the plan agreed at Chequers and set out in the PM's white paper last week as a "Brexit in name only" which would leave the United Kingdom in a state of "vassalage".

May is expected to face many more challenges to her strategy after a summer break as she works her way through a mountain of Brexit-related legislation.

In the meantime, there are already reports that the European Union is preparing to issue a warning to European Union member states to step up preparations for the United Kingdom exiting from the bloc on March 27 next year without an agreement, just as new Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab sets off to bring the new proposal to the negotiating table in Brussels.

Johnson said that May's plan would mean that Britain would have "much less scope" to strike free trade deals around the world.

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Meanwhile, Theresa May has warned Tory rebels seeking to wreck her blueprint to leave the European Union that they could be left with "no Brexit at all" unless they fall into line.

Mr Clarke said he had withdrawn a letter calling for a confidence vote in Mrs May because Brexit had taken the Tory party to "breaking point", stating: "We have looked into the abyss in the last few days".

"It as though a fog of self-doubt has descended", Johnson said.

However, he said that the real aim should be "that glorious vision of Lancaster House - not that miserable, permanent limbo of Chequers".

"We must try now because we will not get a chance again".

Anna Soubry's comments yesterday mirrored my suggestion past year - that those sensible MPs - from all parties - who have been voting against the Tory Government and the Labour front bench consistently since the referendum could come together in that window after a vote of no confidence, and apply our efforts at an executive level as well as on votes in the chamber.

Such a statement would have echoes of Geoffrey Howe's devastating resignation speech after quitting Margaret Thatcher's Cabinet in a row over Europe - an intervention which contributed to her being toppled within weeks.

In his letter, Mr Davies continued: "Failure to keep our promise to the electorate will nearly certainly lead to the catastrophe of Jeremy Corbyn becoming Prime Minister and I can not sit back and allow that to happen".

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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