'Brexit issues best decided in House of Commons and not confidence vote'

Sir Bill Cash and Theresa May

Sir Bill Cash and Theresa May

On Thursday, chairman of the Tory European Research Group (ERG) Jacob Rees-Mogg announced that he had sent a letter calling for a party leadership challenge to the 1922 Committee chairman Sir Graham Brady, with former junior Brexit minister Steve Baker urging other MPs to do so on Friday after rumours circulated that the magic number of letters - 48 - had already been received. He told the Sunday Times: "If we can not close this deal on reasonable terms, we need to be very honest with the country that we will not be bribed and blackmailed or bullied and we will walk away".

United Kingdom negotiators are already visiting the EU's headquarters, as they move on to what Mrs May called the next phase of the negotiations - the "future relationship".

More than 20 lawmakers have said publicly that they have submitted a letter, but others are expected to have done so confidentially.

"I still think a deal could be done but it is very late in the day now and we need to change course", Raab told the BBC.

This weekend is a crucial one for Theresa May as she bids to sell her draft Brexit deal to her fellow Conservative Party members and the public.

MID Dorset & North Poole MP Michael Tomlinson says the Prime Minister's Brexit deal "may be even worse than we had been led to expect".

May says she sees no alternative to the Brexit deal she presented earlier this week, amid reports that some of her senior ministers want her to renegotiate the draft agreement before meeting European Union leaders next weekend.

Pressed over what the Government would do in the event a vote on the Brexit deal was lost in the Commons, Mrs May said: "There's a process that Parliament will go through, were it the case that the deal was lost then the Government would come back with their proposals for what the next step was".

Mr Gove, Penny Mordaunt, Liam Fox, Andrea Leadsom, and Chris Grayling are reported by The Telegraph to be planning to move in exchange for withdrawing their threats to resign from their Cabinet posts en masse.

Brexit: Theresa May survives but remains a wounded leader
The consequences of a no-deal, hard Brexit would be felt by companies and workers in Britain and across Europe, Kempf added. If May stayed on in power without a divorce deal that could be approved, the ultimate outcome of Brexit would be uncertain.

The prospect of this vote would throw the country into turmoil, with no clear idea about who would take over as Prime Minister.

The Labour leader, who voted Remain during the 2016 referendum, also admitted that he wasn't sure how he'd vote if there was a second referendum.

Writing in a national newspaper, Mr Tomlinson - who only accepted the position of Dominic Raab's Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) less than 48-hours before Mr Raab resigned - said: "For me, Brexit is simple".

It also comes at quite an uneasy time for the beleaguered prime minister as she faces growing rebellion among fellow Tories and a massive backlash from the opposition.

He told Sky News Sunday that his party will vote against the deal and demanded that May return to Brussels and renegotiate the divorce agreement. Brexiteers in her own party blame her for the withdrawal agreement, saying she has reneged on her promise that "Brexit means Brexit" and isn't following through on the results of the 2016 referendum. "It is the future relationship that delivers on the Brexit vote". "The important thing is that we're here for our constituents and as prime minister I'm here for the people of this country".

For those in favour of Britain remaining in the EU, the draft agreement is a watered down, inadequate version of the country's existing EU membership arrangement with access to the bloc's customs union and single market.

Speaking to The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, Mr Raab said: "I take my responsibility and as a Cabinet as well, we have a system of Cabinet Government".

It is a "backstop we never intend to use", she said, adding: "Were it to have to be used, both sides can review it".

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