Brexit: 'Lazarus-like' Amber Rudd urges Tory dissenters to pull back

Elias Hubbard
November 18, 2018

Stephen Barclay, a lawyer eurosceptic replaces Dominic Raab, who resigned the post of minister of Brexit.

Several Brexit-backing ministers resigned on Wednesday in protest of Mrs May's Brexit draft deal.

He has been congratulated on Twitter by Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss, who said he was "a star" when he worked in her department.

Mr Barclay's appointment came after Mr Gove reportedly turned down the post after saying he would only take it if he could renegotiate the European Union withdrawal agreement. "This is a time for pulling together, for making sure we remember who we are here to serve, who we are here to help - the whole of the country".

The Brexiteer Commons leader Andrea Leadsom said there is still time for "more to be done" on the Brexit deal.

A Downing Street spokeswoman said Mrs May was "very pleased" Mr Gove would stay on and "continue doing the important work he is doing".

The government says it "completely disagrees" with the United Nations report, but in the Daily Mirror's view, it could not have painted a bleaker picture of austerity Britain.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has warned her Tory opponents that their alternate Brexit plans would not make their problems disappear as she faced a continuing battle to win over sceptical MPs. 'I've seen Universal Credit do some fantastic things. Asked what Mrs May would say to victims of the Windrush scandal who might feel the Hastings & Rye MP's rehabilitation had come too soon, the PM's official spokesman said: 'Amber Rudd took responsibility for what happened but you saw in the Alex Allan report that she was not supported as she should have been in her role.

Labour MP David Lammy said her appointment so soon after the Windrush row was "wrong".

He also said it showed Theresa May's confidence that she could appoint one of her "allies" to such a key role given the turmoil over her leadership in the past 24 hours.

Rudd was home secretary for less than two years before resigning in April this year, after she admitted misleading a parliamentary committee investigating her department's handling of an immigration scandal.

Theresa May has moved to stabilise her government in the midst of a coup attempt by Brexiteers, bringing a close ally back into Cabinet and taking personal control of negotiations with Brussels.

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