United Kingdom has intense week of Brexit negotiations ahead: PM May

United Kingdom has intense week of Brexit negotiations ahead: PM May

British Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday said any move to topple her would risk delaying Brexit, adding that she would not let talk of a leadership challenge distract her from a critical week of negotiations.

UK Prime Theresa May may be having a hard time holding her government together as, as the time of print, four ministers have submitted their resignations immediately after she endorsed a Brexit deal that has always been a long time in coming.

Mrs May had earlier said she believed the 48-letter trigger point had not been reached, despite two cabinet resignations last week and numerous pro-Brexit MPs openly saying they would not accept the European Union agreement.

Speculation is mounting over whether he has received the 48 letters of no confidence required to challenge her leadership of the Conservative Party.

"I will be going back to Brussels", May told Sky News television, saying she would meet European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.

Asked what she would do if the vote was lost, May said: "There's a process that parliament will go through".

May added that the next seven days "are going to be critical" for successful Brexit talks, and that she will be travelling to Brussels to meet with EU leaders before an emergency European Council summit on November 25.

'The former prime minister reportedly remarked in the early hours of June 24, after the Brexit vote had gone against him, "Why should I do all the hard s***?"

Confronted in her constituency by Sky News, Mrs Leadsom said she was "absolutely determined to support the PM in getting the best possible deal for the United Kingdom as we leave the EU".

Tom Watson says it is time for Labour to be given a chance to rescue Brexit as he called for a General Election amid turmoil at the heart of Government.

May gives a press conference inside 10 Downing Street in central London. — AFP
May gives a press conference inside 10 Downing Street in central London. — AFP

At such a critical moment in politics - when the draft Brexit agreement hangs in the balance and the PM's future is being openly questioned - you feel an even greater responsibility than usual to get the questions right.

On Saturday Andrea Leadsom, the minister in charge of government business in parliament, told the BBC that she was supporting May but was not fully happy with the deal.

Mrs May will chair a meeting of her new look Cabinet on Tuesday, the first to be held after the departure of Brexit secretary Dominic Raab and work and pensions secretary Esther McVey.

Blumel said March 29 is set as Brexit day and the withdrawal will be approved as is on Sunday, while the political declaration would seek "as close a relationship as possible". The fate of the Prime Minister is in the hands of her party.

He suggested he would support a deal like that struck by the prime minister if it addressed those concerns.

"It will no longer be the case that European Union nationals, regardless of the skills or experience they have to offer, can jump the queue ahead of engineers from Sydney or software developers from Delhi", May plans to say.

"If MPs (legislators) reject the deal, they will simply take us back to square one".

Speaking at the same conference, opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will describe the deal as "a botched, worst-of-all-worlds deal which is bad for Britain, leaving the country in an indefinite halfway house without a real say".

The DUP, among others, objects to the highly contentious "backstop" part of the text, an insurance policy to keep the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland open if no trade deal is reached.

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