Theresa May was served a deadline of 24 hours by senior Tory MPs today to clarify when she will leave office, or risk being forced out by a rebellion of MPs and activists. Members of the 1922 Committee executive, the party heavyweights who represent Tory backbenchers, said they were not satisfied with the Prime Minister’s latest attempt to delay her departure to late July so she can have another try at getting MPs to pass her thrice-rejected Brexit deal. “We need a clear timetable from the Prime Minister as to what point she will be stepping down and we will elect a new leader,” said Bob Blackman, an executive member and MP for Harrow West. Another executive member, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, told the Standard: “The problem of the hand-over date for the Prime Minister needs to be resolved sooner rather than later. Every week that uncertainty goes on is bad for the country and disastrous for the Conservative Party. “She has had almost three … [Read more...] about Theresa May given 24-hour deadline to say when she will quit
Theresa May has pledged to give MPs another opportunity to vote on Brexit early next month, with or without Labour’s backing. Here are some of the challenges facing the withdrawal agreement bill. Why is Theresa May bringing the withdrawal agreement bill to parliament? Although it may seem as though May is making a fourth attempt to pass her deal, the tactic is slightly different to the other three votes. Parliament has held three “meaningful votes” – a vote that was made a legal requirement of ratifying the agreement after amendments in 2017 by the Conservative MP Dominic Grieve. The withdrawal agreement bill – or WAB as it is known in Westminster – was intended to be the second stage after MPs had voted to ratify the agreement, to enshrine it in UK law. However, MPs have failed to pass the first stage and the House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow, has made it clear the government cannot repeatedly ask MPs to vote on the same question without … [Read more...] about What are the challenges facing Theresa May’s withdrawal bill?
At the end of next week Theresa May will have served one day longer in office than Gordon Brown. she will present the Withdrawal Agreement Bill before Parliament in the week beginning June 3 will determine whether she leaves in a burst of glory or, much more likely, in a cloud of ignominy. result of the European elections could shock enough MPs into backing her Brexit plan. that up to two dozen Labour MPs could switch to back the Bill because of the backlash they are getting in their constituencies for failing to enable Brexit. Labour yesterday lost two long-standing members, the formidable organiser Sheila Murphy and the former Lewisham East MP Bridget Prentice. Sheila had campaigned for every Labour leader since Harold Wilson during her 49 years in the party. Today's agenda: What I am reading: Politico’s Tom McTague takes a visit to the bellweather seat of Swindon What I am watching: the documentary Nae Pasaran about the … [Read more...] about Theresa May’s vanity is the only reason she stays in office
Theresa May might - at last - have played her final card. The Prime Minister has announced a FOURTH showdown vote on Brexit after weeks of talks with Labour stalled. MPs will vote on a law called the Withdrawal Agreement Bill in the House of Commons in the week of June 3. Yet Mrs May is unlikely to win it after talks with Labour remained in deadlock. It sets up a dramatic showdown between the embattled leader and MPs in the same week as Donald Trump's UK State Visit and a knife-edge by-election in Peterborough. But for non-politics-geeks it's easy to get lost in the endless stream of votes and factional battles. So here's an explanation of what the new announcement is, what it means in practice and what happens next. What has been announced? Theresa May will bring forward the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) to Parliament in the week of June 3. The WAB is a Bill that will encode the key aspects of Mrs May's Brexit deal with Brussels into UK law. It's the first time we've seen the WAB. … [Read more...] about What has happened with Theresa May’s Brexit announcement
Theresa May is to give MPs another opportunity to vote on Brexit early next month, with or without Labour’s backing. The decision came following further talks between the prime minister and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, which Downing Street described as “useful and constructive” but there are already widespread doubts that MPs will vote for her Brexit bill. The Guardian says May “hopes that by setting a clear date for the bill, she can fend off calls for an imminent no-confidence vote” and the Daily Telegraph adds that she hopes the move will “delay her resignation for almost three months”. However, Sky News warns that “a positive outcome for the government is far from certain”. The Times goes further, predicting that defeat in the Commons would “almost certainly spell the end” of her reign. Downing Street said the Commons will vote on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill in the week beginning 3 June. The … [Read more...] about Theresa May to put her Brexit bill to MPs again in early June