Dominic Raab refuses to rule out running for Tory leadership

Dominic Raab refuses to rule out running for Tory leadership

The comments come after a tumultuous week that saw the departure of ministers from Mrs May's cabinet including Brexit secretary Dominic Raab and work and pensions secretary Esther McVey.

Stephen Barclay, a little-known junior health minister, was appointed as the new Brexit secretary, although the status of the role was downgraded from chief negotiator with May leading the completion of talks with the EU.

More than 20 Conservative MPs have written to call for May to go, and a total 48 requests are needed to trigger a leadership contest.

The party's shadow cabinet office minister Jon Trickett said: "After enforcing Theresa May's hostile environment in the Home Office, Amber Rudd will now be in charge of the DWP's hostile environment for disabled people and the poorest in society. What is important is that we deliver it", she said. "A deal is very, very favourable to them so of course they're going to say: 'we're not going to accept any changes'".

By seeking to preserve the closest possible ties with the EU, May has upset her party's many advocates of a clean break, and Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which props up her minority government.

She is a longstanding ally of May's and has said she supports the proposed divorce agreement with the EU.

It remains unclear whether May can win a majority even if she pushes the draft deal through to Parliament. Theresa May's "deal"' is in two parts - a withdrawal agreement that includes half-baked proposals for a backstop, and a political declaration that is incredibly vague and opens the gate to a hard Tory Brexit.

Asked about the attacks directed at her, May said: "It doesn't distract me".

She told Sky News in an interview that "a change of leadership at this point isn't going to make the negotiations any easier and it isn't going to change the parliamentary arithmetic".

Dominic Raab said that May has allowed Britain to be

The United Kingdom will leave the European Union and all its institutions on March 29, 2019, and move into a 21-month transition period, according to the draft deal. The current line from Brussels is that the deal can not be re-negotiated.

"For a lot of people who voted 'leave, ' what they wanted to do was make sure that decisions on things like who can come into this country would be taken by us here in the United Kingdom, and not by Brussels, and that's exactly what the deal I've negotiated delivers", she said.

If May lost her job as party leader, she would also lose her position as prime minister.

"Make no mistake - the hard-fought deal that is now in sight will do all of those things", she wrote.

In Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron were to meet on Sunday to bolster their alliance and promote European unity as fallout from the Brexit deal continues.

May's staunchly pro-Brexit worldwide trade secretary, Liam Fox, also came to her aid.

"Of course they want us to accept this awful deal", he said.

Wendy Morton, Tory MP for Aldridge and Brownhills, has rallied behind the beleaguered PM, pledging her full support for her contentious Brexit deal. "And my hope is that within the next week the 1922 committee, she will be called and it would be a reselection call and it would take about two weeks to get rid of her and replace her with someone else".

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