Frank Field: Worth Giving Theresa May's Brexit Deal "Some Life"

Elias Hubbard
November 19, 2018

Several British newspapers reported that five senior pro-Brexit ministers were working together to pressure May to change the deal, but writing in the Sun on Sunday newspaper May said she saw no alternative plan on the table.

Mrs May revealed that she had spoken to Sir Graham Brady, who chairs the powerful backbench 1922 Committee, and as far as she was aware the required number of Tory MPs' letters to trigger a no confidence vote in her had not been reached.

Corbyn said if May's Brexit agreement comes to Parliament in its current state the Labour Party would vote against it.

"A change of leadership at this point isn't going to make the negotiations any easier ... what it will do is mean that there is a risk that actually we delay the negotiations and that is a risk that Brexit gets delayed or frustrated".

"The important thing is that we're here for our constituents and as prime minister I'm here for the people of this country".

He demanded that May's Government renegotiate the agreement, which outlines the terms of Britain's departure and future relationship with the EU.

She said she would also be speaking to other European Union leaders ahead of an European Union summit to discuss the deal on November 25.

On balance, Tory councillors want their MPs to vote in favour of the deal.

Speaking to Andrew Castle, Mr Field said that if MPs were not to support Theresa May's deal that they risk the United Kingdom being "blasted out" of the European Union at the end of the transition period.

Prime Minister Theresa May and the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, would both appear live in the studio - the first time they have been on the same programme since the general election.

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

And former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab has also spoke out saying Brussels had bullied the government during negotiations.

On Sunday, the chairman of the committee in charge of Conservative Party leadership contests told BBC radio that the threshold for triggering challenge to May's leadership had not been met.

He added that "it's worth giving some life" to a deal that achieves Brexit "even though its over a longer time scale than we would have wanted".

Asked if she had considered stepping down, Mrs May said: "No I haven't. No deal would be catastrophic for the economy".

"There's 500 pages in this document much of which is quite vague, where's the guarantee on environmental protections, where's the guarantee on consumer protections, where's the guarantee on workers' rights?"

Mr Blackford told the Sunday Post: "I haven't seen what the government are bringing forward, but I want to put down an amendment that will give the opportunity to extend Article 50 to pause the process".

The Walsall MP blasted the Conservatives and claimed their turmoil showed they do not have the country's best interests at heart. "People did not vote to be poorer and less secure".

It's been the most risky week yet for the PM, and she's had many.

"We do not believe it serves the interests of the country therefore the government would have to go back to the European Union and renegotiate".

Ms Morton said: "I fully support the Prime Minister in all that she is doing".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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