European Union divorce deal in peril after two UK Cabinet ministers quit — BREXIT

Mae Love
November 16, 2018

Two junior ministers, two ministerial aides and a vice-chair of the Conservative Party also resigned.

From the inception of Brexit talks, the Labour Party has made clear that any deal that doesn't meet a high standard of protections for workers in all regions of the United Kingdom would be emphatically rejected.

She acknowledged unhappiness among some with compromises made to secure a withdrawal deal but said it "delivers what people voted for and it is in the national interest" and vowed to "see this through".

In a statement outside Downing Street late Wednesday, Ms May said her deal was "the best that could be negotiated".

According to the note, Ms Weyand said: "We should be in the best negotiation position for the future relationship".

Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn called it a "botched deal".

On Thursday afternoon, Rehman Chishti, the MP for Gillingham and Rainham, announced his resignation as vice-chairman of the Conservative Party and also as the prime minister's trade envoy to Pakistan.

But this bit is controversial - Brexiteers do not like the prospect of being tied to European Union customs rules, and Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party has said it will not tolerate anything that creates a new border down the Irish Sea. "No democratic nation has ever signed up to be bound by such an extensive regime, imposed externally without any democratic control over the laws to be applied, nor the ability to exit the arrangement", he said.

Chris Beauchamp, chief market analyst at IG, said: "As the steady drip of resignations hits the government, the UK's deal with the European Union appears to be dead in the water already".

"The British people have always been ahead of politicians on this issue, and it will be no good trying to pretend to them that this deal honours the result of the referendum when it is obvious to everyone that it doesn't", wrote Ms McVey.

Ian Blackford, who heads the Scottish National Party in Parliament, said the deal was "dead on arrival" and urged May to "stop the clock and go back to Brussels".

It is unclear when that vote might happen. "I could not look my constituents in the eye were I to do that".

The almost 600-page draft deal covers the nature of Britain's withdrawal from the European Union as well as the framework for Britain's future relationship with the EU.

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And various Tory backbenchers, including leading Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg, said they had submitted letters of no confidence in Mrs May to the chairman of the Conservatives' backbench 1922 Committee.

At Westminster, speculation over possible resignations focused on Brexit-backing ministers such as Penny Mordaunt, Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey.

The number voicing concern rose after the publication of a draft withdrawal agreement on Wednesday and Raab's resignation on Thursday (Nov 15). That prompted a big fall in the value of the pound, which was trading 1.3 percent lower at $1.2829.

THERESA May's government was in turmoil today in the face of cabinet resignations and calls to quit over the new Brexit agreement.

It is my job as Prime Minister to explain the decisions that the government has taken and I stand ready to do that beginning tomorrow with a statement in parliament.

Governments across Europe have tried to shore up support for the agreement struck by Theresa May's cabinet yesterday amid mounting concern that Britain could end up tearing itself out of the European Union without a formal deal.

Ms Soubry added: "No PM deserves to be so badly treated".

May is expected to make a House of Commons speech on Thursday morning on the proposed withdrawal agreement.

Mrs May now faces a tough challenge to get the deal through parliament with both Leavers and Remainers unhappy with some of the details. We can and must do better than this.

Born in Uganda, Vara, 58, is a former vice-chairman of May's centre-right governing Conservative Party who has been a member of parliament since 2005.

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier. We can risk no Brexit at all.

"I believe with every fiber of my being that the course I have set out is the right one for our country and all our people", she said.

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