Heres What You Need To Know About Brexit After A Tumultuous Week In The UK

Here\s What You Need To Know About Brexit After A Tumultuous Week In The UK
Heres What You Need To Know About Brexit After A Tumultuous Week In The U.K.
Andrea Leadsom has told Theresa May there is more to be done to her EU withdrawal deal as the Brexiteer Gang of Five in the Cabinet turns up the pressure on the PM.

The Commons leaders veiled threat to Number 10 came after she and four other leading Leave supporters agreed to stay in the Cabinet in a bid to rewrite the Brexit deal.

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Brexit: UK must not be trapped in customs union – Leadsom

Mrs Leadsom and her allies Michael Gove, Penny Mourdaunt, Liam Fox and Chris Grayling have reportedly been holding pizza nights at her home.

The five Brexiteers stayed on amid a series of resignations but are said to want changes to the Irish backstop, fearing that the current terms could keep Britain in the customs union indefinitely. 

Zac Goldsmith become 24th Tory MP to join Brexiteer coup against May

In a week of turmoil the PM has faced a plot to remove her from Tory backbenchers including Jacob Rees-Mogg, but the rebels have yet to reach the 48 letters required to force a leadership challenge. 

There are claims the rebels are stuck at 37, of whom 23 have gone public, and the PM has vowed to fight on saying the plotters plans would not solve the Irish border issue.  

Andrea Leadsom tells Theresa May more has to be done to her EU withdrawal draft in an interview in her South Northamptonshire constituency

Zac Goldsmith, pictured in central London last week, has become the 24th Tory MP to go public with a letter of no confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May 

Zac Goldsmith last night became the 24th Tory MP to go public with a no-confidence letter in Theresa May, in a boost to the faltering campaign to topple her as party leader.

The former London mayoral candidate said the PM would not change course on her divisive Brexit deal, saying he had submitted a letter to demand a confidence vote.

Perennial Eurosceptic MP Bill Cash is also rumoured to be submitting a letter, potentially bringing the Tory rebels to within 10 letters of a dramatic vote. 

The plotters, led by Jacob Rees-Mogg, need 48 letters to trigger a vote and had confidently predicted they would reach the required number by the end of the week, but their momentum has since stalled.  

Writing in the Telegraph, Mr Goldsmith, 43, said he had submitted a letter with huge reluctance in the hope of a fresh start for the party, saying there was no time to lose. 

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He said: The notion that the choice is between this deal, no deal or no Brexit is a false one. That is what the EU wants us to believe.

There is time to do a deal that will suit both sides better than no deal and to bring forward the option that Brussels has long been expecting. That would be a SuperCanada style free trade agreement. But there is no time to lose.

The Prime Minister has been clear that she will not change course, and so with huge reluctance, I have submitted a letter to the 1922 Committee urging a vote that will, I hope, give us the chance of a fresh start. 

Mr Goldsmith backed Leave in the 2016 referendum but said tonight he would have voted Remain rather than support the PMs deal. 

He was defeated by Sadiq Khan for the London mayors office in 2016 following a bitter campaign in which he was accused of dog-whistle politics towards the Labour candidate. 

Later that year he lost his Richmond Park seat at a by-election, in a personal humiliation after resigning over the expansion of Heathrow Airport. But Mr Goldsmith, who inherited a portion of his fathers huge wealth, recovered the seat by a margin of 45 votes at last years general election. 

Tory critics of the Prime Minister need to hand 48 letters to the 1922 committee – 15 per cent of the party – to trigger the motion to remove Mrs May.

But sources suggested on Saturday that the plotters were still stuck at 37, according to The Sun, of whom 23 had gone public before Mr Goldsmiths intervention. 

Tory MP Grant Shapps could be next, after he posted on Twitter this morning that he had lost faith in the PMs Brexit plan after reading the 585-page withdrawal agreement.  

Even if Mrs May can hold her Cabinet together she faces a battle to steer the deal through Parliament when the House of Commons votes on the terms.

Theresa May (pictured in her Downing Street office yesterday) is mounting a fight back after she was hit with a slew of cabinet resignations over her draft agreement to leave the EU and an increasingly likely no confidence vote

The divisive agreement could be voted down by MPs next month, which could force a no-deal Brexit or a general election, but the PM has vowed to fight on saying the plotters plans would not solve the Irish border issue. 

Party whips have been ordered to stay in Westminster for the weekend as they battle to keep wavering MPs on side and stop them submitting their no confidence letters to the 1922 committee. 

Mrs May is fighting on after appointing loyalist Amber Rudd back to the cabinet as Work and Pensions Secretary and relatively unknown Steve Barclay – who has never voted against the government – as the new Brexit Secretary. 

Earlier Andrea Leadsom told Mrs May there is more to be done to her EU withdrawal deal as the Brexiteer Gang of Five in the Cabinet turned up the pressure on the PM.

Mrs Leadsom and her allies Michael Gove, Penny Mourdaunt, Liam Fox and Chris Grayling have reportedly been holding pizza nights at her home as they push to rewrite the deal. 

The five Brexiteers stayed on amid a series of resignations but are said to want changes to the Irish backstop, fearing that the current terms could keep Britain in the customs union indefinitely. 

Speaking in her South Northamptonshire constituency, Mrs Leadsom said: Im absolutely determined to support the Prime Minister in getting the best possible deal for the UK as we leave the EU.

There is still more to be done and we do still have more time before the EU Council at the end of the month.

She said: What Im doing is working very hard to support the prime minister in getting the Brexit deal that 17.4million people voted for.

I think theres still the potential to improve on the clarification and on some of the measures within it and thats what Im hoping to be able to help with.

She denied she was a plotter but said the UK could not be trapped in a permanent customs arrangement and calling for improvement on that part of the deal.

The five will reportedly demand a unilateral exit mechanism from the backstop arrangement, fearing it could keep Britain tied to EU rules indefinitely.

In an ultimatum to Mrs May the five ministers will renew their threats to resign if she does not go back to the negotiating table, the Telegraph reported. 


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