BREXIT LIVE: What are Tusk and Barnier PLOTTING in Brussels as Theresa May faces PMQs hell

Posted on Dec 13 2018 - 1:27am by admin

Mrs May said she would fight any challenge with “everything I have got” in a statement outside Downing Street. 

In a determined response to the challenge Mrs May hit out at her fellow MP’s stating a leadership contest threatens to delay or even stop Brexit.

She added: “A change of leadership will put country’s future at risk and create uncertainty.

“A new leader’s task would have to extend Article 50, delaying or stopping Brexit, when people want to get on with it… none of that is in national interest.”

The number of letters submitted to Sir Graham Brady the chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee increased last night and reached the threshold this morning following continued to opposition to the withdrawal agreement.

Sir Graham said a ballot would be held between 6pm and 8pm on Wednesday in the Commons.

He added in a statement: “The threshold of 15 percent of the parliamentary party seeking a vote of confidence in the leader of the Conservative Party has been exceeded.

“In accordance with the rules, a ballot will be held between 1800 and 2000 on Wednesday 12th December in committee room 14 of the House of Commons. The votes will be counted immediately afterwards and an announcement will be made a soon as possible in the evening.

“Arrangements for the announcement will be released later today.”

Yesterday the Prime Minister dashed to Brussels to seek reassurances on her deal on the day MPs were supposed to vote in parliament before it was postponed, fearing a crushing defeat.

In Brussels Mrs May met again with European Council president Donald Tusk and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, who reiterated “there is no room whatsoever for renegotiation” in a crushing blow to the Prime Minister.

Mrs May acknowledged any deal with the EU would have to include a backstop to ensure there could be no return of a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

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Brexit news: Donald Tusk posted a photo of him and Barnier talking this morning (Image: TWITTER/eucopresident)

She said: ”Whatever outcome we want, whatever relationship we want with the European Union in future, there is no deal available that doesn’t have a backstop within it.

“But we don’t want the backstop to be used and if it is, we want to be certain it is only temporary.

“It is those assurances that I will be seeking from fellow leaders over the coming days.”

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Brexit news: 1922 Committee letter confirming the vote of confidence (Image: PA)

10.30am update: Sir Graham Brady confirmed May was informed of fate last night

The 1922 Committee Chairman Sir Graham Brady said he spoke with Theresa May last night to inform her that the threshold had been reached and a leadership ballot would take place.

Sir Graham said: ”The Prime Minister was very keen that the process should be concluded as quickly as reasonably possible.

“She will come at 5 o’clock this afternoon to speak to colleagues in the 1922 committee and then we will conduct the ballot immediately after that, between 6 and 8 o’clock, with a result announced as quickly as we are able.

“It was clear she was keen to have resolution. She wanted to have this process concluded as quickly as possible. I think you can take it she was keen to get on with business.”

Sir Graham said it was “not a surprise” to reach the threshold given the months of “endless speculation”.

A result of the no confidence vote is to be announced at 9pm tonight.

10.00am update: Tusk posts photo of him and Barnier

While Theresa May faces huge pressure in the UK, EU’s Michel Barnier and Donald Tusk are meeting in Brussels.

EU President Tusk tweeted an image of him meeting the bloc’s Brexit negotiator.

He wrote: “Meeting with @MichelBarnier ahead of tomorrow’s discussion of #Brexit. #EUCO”

EU leaders are due to meet tomorrow to debate a range of issues at the Brussels summit. Brexit is likely to be high up on the agenda now.

9.50am update: May BEGGING Merkel for help in EU exit was ‘LAST STRAW’

Theresa May had to “beg the German Chancellor for the sovereignty of her country” during her visit to Berlin yesterday, it has been revealed.

Petr Bystron AfD chairman in the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Bundestag, said: “The fact that Theresa May has to beg the German Chancellor for the sovereignty of her country, was the last straw for the UK.

“Tonight, the House of Commons will decide on the fate of May, and the stubborn stance in Berlin and Brussels has significantly contributed to this escalation.”

9.40am update: ’Time for Mrs May to resign’ – Jacob Rees-Mogg

Jacob Rees-Mogg, who has been calling for Theresa May to be replaced in recent weeks has called for Theresa May to resign.

The Chair of the European Research Group and leading Brexiteer had been disillusioned at Mrs May’s withdrawal agreement and had already submitted his letter Sir Graham Brady several weeks before the vote of no confidence was triggered today.

Mr Rees-Mogg wrote on Twitter: “The Country needs a new leader, it is time for Mrs May to resign.”

9.25am update: DUP not surprised at no confidence vote.

Arlene Foster has stated she is not surprised at the vote of no confidence in Theresa May.

The DUP and Conservative ’confidence and supply’ arrangement has been strained in recent weeks over the controversial ‘backstop’ in the Brexit deal.

DUP leader told Today: “I can’t say I’m surprised because being here in Westminster yesterday I did realise there were a lot of conversations going on, however my focus of course has to continue to be on the Withdrawal Agreement and the fact that the backstop needs to be taken out of that Withdrawal Agreement.”

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Brexit news:Theresa May stated no confidence vote threatened stopping Brexit (Image: PA)

9.05am update: May cancels trip to Dublin

Theresa May has cancelled her scheduled trip to Dublin as she fights to hang onto her position as Prime Minister.

Mrs May had been due meet Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar for talks over her Brexit deal.

8.50am update: Theresa May vows to fight leadership battle

Theresa May will fight any leadership contest following a vote of no confidence, the Prime Minister has confirmed in a statement outside Downing Street.

Mrs May said: “I will contest that vote with everything I have got.”

In a determined response to the challenge Mrs May has hit out at her fellow MP’s stating a leadership contest threatens to delay or even stop Brexit.

She added: “A change of leadership will put country’s future at risk and create uncertainty.

“A new leader’s task would have to extend Article 50, delaying or stopping Brexit, when people want to get on with it… none of that is in national interest.”

A defiant May said a leadership contest only favours the Labour Party.

She said: “The only people whose interests would be served would be Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell.”

Mrs May needs to secure the votes of 158 MPs – half the parliamentary party plus one – to remain as Conservative leader.

If she wins, another challenge cannot be mounted against her position as Tory leader for a year.

8.40am update: ‘Brexit has DEVOURED Thatcher, Major, Cameron…NOW MAY!’ Watson reacts to crunch May vote

Labour deputy leader Mr Watson weighed in on the chaos surrounding the Government after 48 Tory MPs launched a leadership contest.

Mr Watson, MP for West Bromwich East, wrote on Twitter minutes after it was announced the Conservative Party will vote to back or vote down the leadership of Mrs May. He said: “It was Andrew Adonis who said that ‘Brexit is a revolution that devours its children.

Mr Watson said: ”It has consumed three prime ministers – Thatcher, Major and Cameron.

“Now it looks like Theresa May is the fourth.

“The country has no leader at a critical moment In our history.”

8.30am update: Leadership challenge ‘last thing our country needs’

Sajid Javid has slammed the decision of his fellow Tory MP’s to trigger a vote of no confidence.

The Home Secretary has promised to support Theresa May in order to deliver Brexit.

Mr Javid said: “The last thing our country needs right now is a Conservative Party leadership election.

“Will be seen as self-indulgent and wrong.

“PM has my full support and is best person to ensure we leave EU on 29 March.”

8.25am update: Rudd vows to back May

Amber Rudd has echoed her fellow cabinet members and continued to back the Prime Minister.

The Work and Pensions Secretary, who recently returned to the Government, said: “The PM has my full support.

“At this critical time we need to support and work with the PM to deliver on leaving the EU, and our domestic agenda – ambitious for improvements to people’s lives and to build on growth of wages and jobs.”

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Brexit news: Theresa May confirmed she will contest no confidence vote (Image: REUTERS)

8.10 update: PM statement imminent

Theresa May will make a statement later this morning outside 10 Downing Street.

8.00am update: European Research Group say May ‘Must go’

The influential European Research Group (ERG) has welcomed the vote of no confidence in Theresa May stating it is “in the national interest” for the PM to go.

In a joint statement the chairman of the European Research Group Jacob Rees-Mogg and his deputy Steve Baker said: “Theresa May’s plan would bring down the Government if carried forward.

“But our party will rightly not tolerate it.

“Conservatives must now answer whether they wish to draw ever closer to an election under Mrs May’s leadership. In the national interest, she must go.”

7.50am update: Hunt backs May to fight on

Jeremy Hunt has come out in support of Theresa May stating a leadership contest is “the last thing the country needs”.

The foreign Secretary wrote on Twitter: “I am backing Theresa May tonight.

“Being PM most difficult job imaginable right now and the last thing the country needs is a damaging and long leadership contest.

“Brexit was never going to be easy but she is the best person to make sure we actually leave the EU on March 29.”

7.45am update: No confidence vote triggered

Tory MPs have requested a vote of confidence in Theresa May to trigger a contest, chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee Sir Graham Brady has announced.

Sir Graham said a ballot would be held between 6pm and 8pm on Wednesday in the Commons.

He added in a statement: “The threshold of 15 percent of the parliamentary party seeking a vote of confidence in the leader of the Conservative Party has been exceeded.

“In accordance with the rules, a ballot will be held between 1800 and 2000 on Wednesday 12th December in committee room 14 of the House of Commons. The votes will be counted immediately afterwards and an announcement will be made a soon as possible in the evening.

“Arrangements for the announcement will be released later today.”

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