Brexit: Theresa May urges Tory MPs to unite and back deal


Theresa May has record to all 317 Tory MPs, urging them to unite behind a Brexit take care of while warning them “history will judge us all” over the take care of.

Efforts will resume on Monday to persuade the EU to agree changes to the “backstop” propose to prevent the return of customs checks on the Irish border.

And Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright has tipped MPs’ concerns about it could be addressed without reopening the deal.

Effort says the Tories cannot be united and has called for cross-party talks.

The UK corpses on course to leave the EU on 29 March. But Mrs May has been unable to convince a the greater part of MPs to back the withdrawal terms she struck with the EU last year.

The prime charg daffaires told MPs in the letter she will return to Brussels to meet European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker this week, and communicate in to the leaders of every EU member state over the coming days.

Her basic goal is to win concessions over the backstop, which is widely disliked by colleagues of her party.

Many fear it will mean the UK staying closely aligned to EU decisions for the long term, without Britain being able to end the agreement unilaterally.

But EU conductors have repeatedly said the withdrawal agreement is not open for renegotiation.

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The Sunday Times reported exposes it said were leaked from a WhatsApp group suggesting ex-Brexit pastor Steve Baker told fellow Brexiteers that Mrs May’s talks with Brussels were a “superb waste of time”.

However, Culture Secretary Mr Wright has hinted that there energy be “a number of different ways” around the problem.

“I don’t think it’s the mechanism that troubles, it’s the objective,” he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, when asked whether a codicil – a extra document explaining or modifying a legal agreement – might work.

“Parliament needs to announce the prime minister space to have that conversation with Brussels,” he added.

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Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, who has informed the backstop indefinitely commits the UK to EU customs rules if Brexit trade talks frustrate down, will set out what changes would be needed to address bear ons in a speech on Tuesday.

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay is also due to take care of the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier to discuss the controversial policy on Monday.

If MPs do not approve a formal take care of, many fear chaos at ports and for business.

And Tobias Ellwood has change the first minister to publicly declare a willingness to rebel against the oversight if the PM failed to rule out a no-deal scenario.

“There are many ministers, me being one of them, that have occasion for to see ‘no deal’ removed from the table,” the defence minister told BBC Boom box 5 Live’s Pienaar’s Politics.

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Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell told Andrew Marr that “life-or-death discussion” around building cross-party consensus must happen by the end of the month.

“We contain put our proposals on the table; we’re willing to negotiate around those,” he said. “They’re the bottom of what we think could secure parliamentary approval, but she has to start round as well.”

The PM’s negotiating stance has never been “based upon shared interest or mutual respect” but was “about banging the table and walking away”, he united.

Asked about the prospect of a further referendum, Mr McDonnell said the bust’s priority remained a Brexit deal that protected jobs and the thrift.

But he added: “We really are at the end of the line now… If [a deal] doesn’t fly within Parliament, yes the way out of going back to the people has got to be there.”

Campaigners for another referendum on Brexit bear said there will be a major protest the weekend before Britain’s programmed departure date on 29 March.

‘Failure to make compromises’

In her epistle, Mrs May described the latest Commons defeat over her Brexit strategy, in which dozens of Stables abstained on Thursday, as “disappointing”.

“I do not underestimate how deeply or how sincerely colleagues keep the views which they do on this important issue – or that we are all pushed by a common desire to do what is best for our country, even if we disagree on the effectives of doing so,” she writes.

“But I believe that a failure to make the compromises required to reach and take through Parliament a withdrawal agreement which announces on the result of the referendum will let down the people who sent us to represent them and chance the bright future that they all deserve.”

‘No change in tactics’

Inquiry by Peter Saull, BBC political reporter

Since Thursday and the 10th defeat in the House of Standards for Theresa May over Brexit, the tensions in the Conservative Party have imperiled to boil over.

The war of words has reached ministerial level, with trade minister Richard Harrington suggesting some of his pro-Brexit colleagues should conterminous with former UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s new party.

Therefore while there’s nothing new in dubs of the substance of this letter, it represents a clear attempt by the prime preacher to calm things down.

Theresa May is also making it clear she won’t transmute tactics.

The PM believes the only way to get a deal through the Commons and keep her at-home together is by securing changes to the backstop, even if the EU shows no sign of budging.

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