UK PM May threatened rebels with a national election

UK PM May threatened rebels with a national election

UK PM May threatened rebels with a national election

The Commons was only half full for the statement but Johnson was surrounded by eurosceptic members of the ruling Conservative party, including David Davis, the former Brexit minister who also quit the cabinet last week over May's plan.

Shipley MP Philip Davies said he had been contacted by members and voters in his constituency about the Prime Minister's Chequers plan for a "common rulebook" with the European Union on goods and agri-goods, and it was "clear that many people are concerned by this".

Boris Johnson watched from the Tory backbenches on his return to the Commons following his resignation as foreign secretary over Brexit. "We have changed tack once and we can change again", he said.

New Brexit secretary Dominic Raab is today holding talks in Brussels with the EU's chief negotiator as the Government attempts to try and steady its withdrawal strategy after two weeks of turmoil rocked the Tory party.

Johnson, to a chorus of "hear, hear" that required the Speaker to issue a warning, said the Northern Ireland border issue had become "so politically charged as to dominate the debate".

Such plans would allow Britain to do a "bold, ambitious and comprehensive free trade agreement not just with the European Union... but also to do new trade deals around the world", he said.

This is an agreement with a member of an opposite party that, as she can not attend the vote, they too will not vote so as to cancel each other out.

Supporters of Hammond's new clause, which was backed by MPs from the main opposition Labor Party, were given hope of success when the government lost a vote on another aspect of its EU Trade Bill by just a handful of votes, 305 against 301 for the government.


U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May plans to address lawmakers from her Conservative Party in an attempt to ease tensions after a series of close votes in the House of Commons underscored the fragility of her government.

The government must prioritise remaining a member of the European Medicines Agency in Brexit negotiations, after a key Parliamentary vote where it fought off moves to keep it tied to the customs union.

She said she wouldn't have time to listen to it before a meeting with her backbenchers last night as she would be busy catching up on paperwork.

"We dithered and burned through our negotiating capital", he said.

She would need to win the votes of more than half the Tories' 316 MPs to survive.

Conservative MPs were warned that voting for the amendment, and therefore against the government, could lead to a vote of no confidence in the prime minister, the BBC understands.

"These nonsenses of threatening general elections and votes of confidence in the prime minister and as I actually said to the deputy chief whip "bring it on" because I shall be the first in the queue to give my vote of full confidence in the prime minister", she said.

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