Allies rally around May as Brexit takes toll on leadership

Jacob Rees-Mogg

Jacob Rees-Mogg

In an evening news conference aimed at regaining some control, May said she believed "with every fiber of my being that the course I have set out is the right one for our country and all our people". The backstop would not have an expiry date or allow for a unilateral exit and, if the new EU-UK trade deal is not ready by the end of the transition period, the backstop would kick in with Northern Ireland in "full alignment with those rules of (the EU's) internal market and the customs union", which critics say amounts to a barrier down the Irish Sea.

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"She is tackling an issue of epic proportions, on which she can never please everyone, and she is doing her very best to find a way through", he said.

The resignations mean that the prime minister may face an uphill battle to win parliamentary support for the Brexit deal.

But Mayall says she prefers this solution to Britain's agonizing and continuing battle over European Union membership.

A spokesperson for the prime minister said that a replacement Brexit minister is expected to be appointed.

Only committee Chairman Graham Brady knows for sure how many missives have been sent, but Rees-Mogg's letter is likely to spur others to do the same.

It came as she confirmed she would follow her party's leadership and vote against the plan.

The divisions in the ruling Conservative Party over Europe are mirrored across the aisle. Ever since Britain joined what was then the European Economic Community in 1973, the party has been split between supporters and opponents of Britain's membership.

British politicians are "liars" who tricked people into voting for Brexit, France's finance minister has claimed.

He said the United States would be ready to start negotiating a free trade deal with Britain "immediately" after Brexit if Theresa May's plan is ditched, while making a trip across the Atlantic. That is created to avoid a rupture in cross-border trade and a crash in business confidence, but it will prevent London from negotiating its own sovereign trade deals with the USA and other major economies.

Just hours after announcing that her senior ministers had collectively backed her divorce deal, Mrs May's premiership was thrust into its most perilous crisis to date when Mr Raab resigned on Thursday in opposition to the agreement.

"That is what the people voted for and that is what I am delivering".

Brexiteers hate the agreement because they fear the United Kingdom will become trapped inside the European Union for years, subject to European Union regulations and laws over which the U.K. will no longer have any influence.

The deal itself provoked strong opinions with only 4 per cent saying they neither support nor oppose the deal. Earlier this week, the prime minister faced an onslaught of criticism in the House of Commons, suggesting she has a slim chance of getting the agreement through parliament in December.

But not only does the agreement have to pass muster within Mrs May's cabinet, it also needs to be approved by Parliament and, now with the DUP and Labour among those saying they will vote against it, the odds seem stacked against that happening. "If you don't think the deal meets those tests, you have to vote it down". "That issue is still going to be there", she said in the interview, published Saturday.

The mood was generally upbeat, even though the guest list was heavy with big-company representatives who had campaigned for Britain to remain in the EU. Speaking on condition of anonymity because the process is still ongoing, the official said both sides "exhausted our margin of maneuver under our respective mandates".

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