Brexit LIVE: May REFUSES to set departure date amid FEARS Brexit will be 'less likely'

Posted on May 11 2019 - 10:23am by admin

Mrs May refuses to quit despite the mounting pressure from Tory backbenchers, as she fears it will then make it “less likely” that parliamentarians would back a Brexit deal. The Prime Minister is set to be summoned for yet another showdown with the chairman of the influential 1922 Committee, who will request further “clarity” on her position and how to break the Brexit impasse. The 1922 boss Sir Graham Brady told BBC Radio 4’s Week in Westminster: “I do understand the reticence about doing it.

“I don’t think it’s about an intention for staying indefinitely as Prime Minister or leader of the Conservative Party.

“I think the reticence is the concern that by promising to go on a certain timetable, it might make it less likely she would secure Parliamentary approval for the withdrawal agreement, rather than more likely.”

However Sir Graham insisted it would be “strange” if next weeks meeting did not result in a “clear understanding” to resolve the political crisis in Westminster.

The Prime Minister has faced several calls to leave following Britain’s failure to leave the European Union on time.

As a result Britain will face the humiliation of taking part in the upcoming EU elections on May 23, despite voting to leave the bloc nearly three years ago.

Brexit-backing Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns told Mrs May she had “failed” to deliver Brexit and the public “no longer trust her to run Brexit negotiations”.

Mrs May has so far resisted giving a definitive answer to mounting bids to oust her, by maintaining she would only leave when a withdrawal agreement with Brussels was agreed.

The under-fire Prime Minister has insisted this “is not an issue about me” and if she had her way the UK “would already have left the European Union”.

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11.10am update: Sadiq Khan says referendum has ‘normalised’ abuse

Sadiq Khan has hit out at Brexit for increasing the level of online abuse aimed towards him.

The London Mayor insists the 2016 referendum has “normalised” cases which include name-calling, trolling and threats to terrorism.

The Times reported that City Hall referred 17 cases to the police in a three-month period last year and 237 threats were made on social media.

He said: “It can’t be right that one of the consequences of me being the mayor of London and a Muslim in public life is that I have police protection.

“The referendum campaign allowed things to come to the surface and normalised things that should not be normalised.”

10.50am update: Theresa May secretly plotting second referendum

Theresa May is secretly plotting to hold a second Brexit referendum according to Sir Vince Cable.

The Liberal Democrat leader claims the Prime Minister’s de facto deputy, David Lidington, revealed to him in a meeting that “planning” is underway in the Government.

Sir Vince said that the Mr Lidington had mulled over the “perfectly practical” idea.

READ MORE: Brexit PLOT: Theresa May SECRETLY planning a second referendum

10.15am update: £200,000 Brexit Party donor fed up of being ‘taken in’ by the Tories

A major financial backer of Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party has revealed has has pumped £200,000 into its coffers because he had enough of being “taken in” by the Tories failure to deliver Brexit.

Jeremy Hosking, has abandoned his support for the Conservatives despite donating £350,000 towards its general election campaign in 2017.

Mr Hosking stated he increased his pledge to the grassroots eurosceptic party on Wednesday after the Government confirmed Britain’s participation in the European Parliament elections on May 23.

Mr Hosking told The Telegraph: “On a Sunday chat show last weekend it was inferred that I have given £100,000 to the recently formed Brexit Party.

“This is not the case. I have given £200,000, and urge all who wish to see a proper Conservative Party in Britain to support the BP as much as they can.”

This week Mr Farage confirmed the Brexit Party has surpassed 90,000 registered members and £2 million in donations.

He told ITV’s Peston show: “Ninety-thousand individuals living in this country in the last four weeks have paid us £25 to become registered supporters of the Brexit Party. That’s over £2 million.

“I said we’ve received one big donation of £100,000, I can now tell you today, we’ve received several more. All of them have been reported to the Electoral Commission, and they will tell you who they are.”

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