United Kingdom leader fights back against critics, defends Brexit deal

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in central London

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in central London

'I do think there is a point at which, we probably should have done it before, were we just say "I'm sorry this is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, we can not accept those dictated terms"'.

There was little support for Mrs May stepping aside for her main rivals in the party with 61 per cent preferring her over Boris Johnson, 48 per cent over Jacob Rees-Mogg, 58 per cent over environment secretary Michael Gove and 54 per cent over foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt.

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

"All the signs out of Europe are this has taken ages to do, it's been a really hard grind to get to where we are and the appetite for reopening is pretty limited", Jill Rutter, who studies Brexit at the Institute for Government, a London think tank, told NPR.

The prime minister also may key replacements which would stabilise her position, handing the role of work and pensions secretary to ally and remain voter Amber Rudd, who went full-force on the defensive for May, telling the BBC that any MPs thinking of submitting letters of no confidence should "think again".

Writing in the Sunday Times, former No10 chief strategist Steve Hilton said his old boss "should be on the list" of people lining up to replace Theresa May.

The five are expected to tell Mrs May that there must be a way for the United Kingdom to leave the Irish "backstop" arrangements unilaterally, without the need for mutual agreement with the EU.

The Labour leader said he didn't know how he would vote if another referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union were held.

Mrs May said the backstop is an "insurance policy", adding: "Both sides can say yes we agree that there are arrangements in place, that a deal that provides for the people of Northern Ireland and therefore that backstop is no longer necessary".

Just hours after announcing on Wednesday that her senior ministers had collectively backed her divorce deal, May was thrust into her premiership's most perilous crisis when Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab resigned on Thursday to oppose the agreement.

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The required threshold of 48 letters to trigger a no-confidence vote had not been reached, according to the BBC.

The resignations mean that the prime minister may face an uphill battle to win parliamentary support for the Brexit deal.

Mr McFadden also insisted changing Prime Minister will not solve the "fundamental" problems with her Brexit deal.

"Some politicians get so embroiled in the intricacies of their argument they forget it is not about this theory or that theory, or does it make me look good". "No deal would be catastrophic for the economy".

Much of the reason he said he wouldn't support Theresa May's deal was because it was "vague" and did not say enough about workers rights and environmental protections.

Am I going to see this through? Yes.

She also promoted Stephen Hammond, a fervent pro-European who has voted against the government in a bid to maintain closer ties with the bloc. The fate of the Prime Minister is in the hands of her party.

Wendy Morton, Tory MP for Aldridge and Brownhills, has rallied behind the beleaguered PM, pledging her full support for her contentious Brexit deal. "It goes alongside the future relationship", she said.

"We are still waiting for the final details to come back and I believe the deal is in the best interests of the country".

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