The four rebel Labour MPs who rescued Theresa May's government

Jul 20, 2018, 18:25
The four rebel Labour MPs who rescued Theresa May's government

David Davis, who resigned last week as Brexit Secretary in protest at her negotiating stance, challenged her to publish Whitehall work on a potential free trade deal based on those already secured by the EU.

In a subsequent letter, he told May that Britain was "truly headed for the status of [a] colony" and that the "dream" of Brexit "is dying".

In dramatic scenes in the House of Commons, ministers made a last-ditch effort to stave off defeat by offering to introduce amendments in the House of Lords which would deal with "the essence" of rebel Tories' concerns over future customs arrangements.

On Monday, May infuriated lawmakers who wanted to keep the closest possible ties with the European Union when she chose to accept a number of demands by hardline pro-Brexit members. "It's time we shared their confidence".

"We have time, we have changed tack once and we can change again", he said.

"This government is in grave danger of not just losing the plot but losing a considerable amount of support from the people of this country unless we get Brexit right", she said.

The Uxbridge MP made a point of praising "her courage and her resilience" and indicated that he thought she could lead the United Kingdom to a successful Brexit if she was willing to change tack. "Worst of all we allowed the question of the Northern Ireland border to dominate the debate".

"In the 18 months that have followed... a fog of self-doubt has descended", he said, and criticised the government for not presenting the Lancaster House vision to Brussels.

"Not the democratic disaster of ongoing harmonisation with no way out and no say for the UK". "We should not and need not be stampeded by anyone".

"We can't rely on anything", said Warren East, CEO of United Kingdom engine maker Rolls Royce, who said his firm could start stockpiling parts soon if it looked like Britain was heading towards a disorderly exit from the EU.

"My job as Prime Minister is to deliver for them, but also I've got to be hard-headed and practical about this and do it in a way that ensures we get the best interests for the United Kingdom".

"That is the prize that is still attainable".

Ahead of a crucial week in Parliament, the Prime Minister acknowledged feelings in the party were running high, but said her plan offered a "hard-headed and practical" way forward. Near miss on customs union amendment. "The hon lady ain't no Margaret Thatcher", he said.

May asked Corbyn to withdraw what she said was an unfair intimation that it was the ministers themselves who had been referred to police, rather than Vote Leave as an organisation.

The hardliner amendments of several dozen MPs from the European Research Group led by Jacob Rees-Mogg, basically kill off all of May's proposals in the white paper that meant to create workable solutions for both the United Kingdom and the EU.

The Plaid Cymru group in Westminster has worked, and will continue to work very effectively with sensible politicians from across all parties to defeat this hard-Brexit.

An early recess might not stop a potentially stinging resignation statement from Boris Johnson.

Johnson, figurehead of the Brexit campaign in the 2016 referendum, urged May to change her Brexit strategy in a scathing assessment of the government's handling of the negotiations.