Amber Rudd today blamed the 'sexism' of male Tory MPs for Theresa May's failure to get her Brexit deal through. The former Cabinet minister said she had been 'disappointed' by the way Mrs May had been 'forced out by a group of men'. And she predicted that any agreement Boris Johnson brings back from Brussels will be passed even though it will be 'similar'. The bruising accusations against the Eurosceptic ERG group of Tory MPs came in an interview on BBC Radio 5 Live. But ERG chair Steve Baker dismissed the PM's gender as 'irrelevant', saying he had always been willing to vote for a 'tolerable' deal. Ms Rudd campaigned for Remain in the 2016 referendum, famously swiping during a TV debate that Mr Johnson was 'not the man you want to drive you home at the end of the evening'. She served in Mrs May's Cabinet and was kept on as Work and Pension Secretary by Mr Johnson this summer. Amber Rudd told BBC Radio 5 Live (pictured) she had been 'disappointed' by the way Theresa May had … [Read more...] about Amber Rudd says Theresa May’s Brexit deal failed because Tory MPs are SEXIST – saying she expects Boris Johnson’s ‘similar’ plan will be passed
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Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of the House of Commons, has claimed “the votes are now there” for Boris Johnson to pass a Brexit deal through parliament. Rees-Mogg, a close ally of Johnson, who is responsible for legislation in the Commons, made the bold claim on LBC Radio, despite the fact the prime minister is yet to secure a deal with Brussels. To win a vote, the prime minister would need the support of almost all Eurosceptics in the Conservative party, as well as most of the former Tories from whom he withdrew the whip and either the DUP or a bloc of Labour MPs. Johnson is edging closer to the number he needs, with more prominent Eurosceptics now on board with his plans. However, the DUP, which has reservations over plans to leave Northern Ireland in close alignment with the EU, has still not publicly declared its backing. Labour MPs will need reassurances about workers’ rights, environmental protections and the future relationship – and will come under … [Read more...] about ‘The votes are now there’ for Brexit deal, says Jacob Rees-Mogg
Boris Johnson was tonight running out of road in his bid to deliver Brexit by Halloween after legislation to rule out No Deal was passed by MPs - and he faces being blocked from holding a snap election. Having endured a torrid day including struggling in his first PMQs, Mr Johnson looks to be cornered after a Remainer alliance took control of the Commons and started pushing through a law despite his warning that it 'wrecks' his negotiating position. MPs backed a rebel Bill by a margin of 327 to 299 that orders him to beg the EU for a Brexit delay until January if a deal has not been agreed by October 19. Immediately after the result, Mr Johnson insisted it had 'ended the negotiations'. He said he will never ask for an extension, and would rather go to the country on October 15. But his motion forcing a poll is expected to fail later tonight as he needs agreement from two-thirds of the Commons and Labour has said it will abstain. The leaves the premier running … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson’s options dramatically narrow as MPs pass Remainer law against No Deal: PM loses final vote on rebel Bill by 327 to 299 as he faces having his election plans blocked in another key vote tonight
Even by the dramatic standards of Brexit, next week is shaping up to be a key one in deciding how, when and if the UK leaves the EU. It has also reintroduced some slightly confusing jargon. What is ‘the tunnel’? This is a Brussels-coined term for intensified Brexit negotiations intended to take place between small teams from the UK and EU, insulated as far as possible from the pressures of leaks and media scrutiny. The talks involve only senior negotiators, with no documents, media briefings, or anything else that could be used to derail the process. The tunnel-phase discussions, centring on proposals made by Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart, Leo Varadkar, on Thursday, have been given the OK by ambassadors representing the EU member states, sources said. Have we been in the tunnel before? Yes. A year ago, after Theresa May was humiliated when her initial Brexit proposals were publicly rejected at a summit in Salzburg, the EU’s deputy chief negotiator, Sabine … [Read more...] about Entering ‘the tunnel’: what does it mean for the Brexit talks?
Top story: PM lunges for border in Irish sea Hello, I’m Warren Murray – thanks for giving the Briefing your time this morning. Boris Johnson may be on the brink of reaching a Brexit deal with negotiating teams said to have agreed in principle that there will be a customs border down the Irish Sea. Amid the rush to find a deal for the EU27 leaders to sign off at Thursday’s European council summit, a draft text may be published on Wednesday if Downing Street gives the final green light, according to senior EU and British sources. The prime minister will brief his cabinet at 4pm before addressing a meeting of the Tory 1922 Committee. We are covering all the developments live. If a deal does emerge, Johnson would probably try to pass it through parliament very quickly on a historic Saturday sitting. The PM will need almost all Conservatives, most of the former Tories from whom he withdrew the whip, and either the DUP or a bloc of about a dozen Labour MPs to get it through … [Read more...] about Wednesday briefing: Has Johnson got a deal for EU?