British PM battles for survival over Brexit deal

Hannah Rogers
November 16, 2018

Britain's 2-day-old draft deal to leave the European Union is in danger of collapsing, increasing the likelihood of a disorderly, economically painful exit from the bloc next year.

"I can not reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto", he said in his resignation letter, published on his Twitter account.

In a statement issued by City Hall, Khan, who backs a second referendum, said: "It's crystal clear that this is a bad deal for London and the United Kingdom that will worsen life chances and reduce the opportunities available to the next generation".

She added: "I believe this is a deal which does deliver that, which is in the national interest and am I going to see this through?" I can not in good conscience support the terms proposed for our deal with the EU.

Brexit hardliner Esther McVey also quit as the work and pensions secretary.

Allies of Theresa May have launched a desperate bid to woo rebel Tory MPs by floating the prospect of a better deal on Brexit, HuffPost UK has learned.

Eurosceptics in May's Conservative Party said they had submitted letters calling for a vote of no confidence in her leadership.

But the weakest British leader in a generation now faces the ordeal of trying to push her deal through a vote in parliament, where opponents lined up to castigate the agreement, even before reading it.

This morning, Dominic Raab tweeted: 'Today, I have resigned as Brexit Secretary.

He asked to rewrite the draft withdrawal agreement and a delay to the European Union council meeting scheduled for November 25, which was supposed to sign off the plan.

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. "But between the warring factions inside her party and the hardline [Democratic Unionist Party], May can not get her deal through parliament", the petition notes.

One factor is the party rulebook, which states that if a challenge were to fail then Conservative MPs would have to wait a full year before mounting another.

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The prime minister will struggle to win support for her deal in Parliament.

The pound surged following Tuesday's initial announcement, which came just as the European Union stepped up preparations for a potentially catastrophic "no deal" breakup on March 29. That could see tariffs on British exports, border checks and restrictions on travellers and workers - a potentially toxic combination for businesses.

Former Tory party leader William Hague warned Brexiteers that they could sabotage the whole process if they failed to back May's plan.

"When even the last Brexit secretary, who theoretically at least negotiated the deal, says "I can not support the proposed deal", what faith does that give anyone else in this place or in this country?"

Many people around the country do hope that there'll be a general election and an opportunity to get rid of May's shambolic government.

The developments threaten to derail the prime minister's Brexit strategy ahead of a crucial EU summit, which European Council President Donald Tusk confirmed would take place on November 25, "if nothing extraordinary happens".

The European Council president announced the long-awaited summit will take place at 9.30am on Sunday 25 November in Brussels "if nothing extraordinary happens".

The agreement envisages continued links with the European Union after the United Kingdom leaves the bloc on March 29, 2019, infuriating hardliners in May's Conservative Party, and uniting supporters and opponents of Brexit.

Her Conservative government doesn't have a parliamentary majority, and relies on the support of the Democratic Unionist Party from Northern Ireland.

Crucially, the agreement prevents a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, a key concern for the UK.

In December MPs in the British House of Commons will debate and vote on the agreement.

Speaking before a hostile parliament after several ministers quit on Thursday, the leader of Britain's Conservative party told legislators "the choice is clear".

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