Following yesterday’s decision by Theresa May to delay the ‘meaningful vote’ on her Brexit deal, the Prime Minister hit the road in Europe today in a desperate fight to solve the Irish border backstop drama threatening her Brexit deal.
The vote was due to take place today, but after a cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister decided to delay the vote.
The EU has refused to budge on the current withdrawal agreement, so it is unlikely Mrs May will secure any substantial change.
Having met with a number of senior EU leaders, the Prime Minister said she is on a mission to seek “assurances” that the Irish backstop will only be a temporary mechanism to ensure no hard border on the island of Ireland. She believes this will comfort concerned MPs enough to guide her Brexit deal through the House of Commons when she rearranges the the so-called ‘Meaningful Vote’.
While on her European tour, domestically there were reports of a mounting no-confidence challenge by Conservative MPs.
According to Westminster reports, the eurosceptic European Research Group are “confident” that the required 48 no confidence letters have been sent to the 1922 committee chairman Graham Brady.
Sources say that up to 5 MPs have submitted their letters in the last 24 hours.
Asked who should replace May and become Conservative leader and Prime Minister, former Brexit Minister Steve Baker listed a 4-strong short list of names.
He said: “There are four people who have resigned from the Cabinet – Esther McVey, Dominic Raab, David Davis and Boris Johnson – the four of them need to work out between them which one of them is going to be our candidate to unite the country, unite the party, and take us out of the EU successfully.”
In another setback for Brexit supporters, yesterday the European Court of Justice has ruled that it would be legal for the UK to unilaterally revoke Article 50 to cancel Brexit.
Leading Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage has mocked Theresa May’s attempt to rescue her floundering Brexit deal – claiming the agreement is the “Norway deal without the fish”.
The former Ukip leader urged the government to “accept a no deal Brexit”, but added that Britain will never be able secure a genuine departure from the EU with Mrs May in charge.
Mr Farage argued that Mrs May was incapable of securing “any significant concessions” during her meetings today with Mark Rutte, Angela Merkel, Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker.
It is time to just walk away. If the EU want to continue selling us their cars, wines etc then we can talk about a trade deal.
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