Brexit news update: Who has resigned? A roundup of the day as government left in TATTERS

Posted on Nov 17 2018 - 7:22am by admin

The government released a 585-page document on Wednesday night detailing the UK’s exit strategy from the UK. Alongside that was an eight-page document outlining the UK’s future relationship with the EU. To say these drafts were ill-received would be an understatement.

Here are the key points from a chaotic Thursday:

  • Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab resigned, saying he couldn’t “in good conscience” support the draft deal, despite his close involvement in formulating it.

  • Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey resigned, saying the deal “does not honour the result of the referendum.”

READ MORE: Will Theresa May resign? Could Dominic Raab be the next PM?

  • Leading Brexiter Jacob Rees-Mogg called for a vote of no confidence in Theresa May, prompting rumours the require 48 letters required for a no-confidence vote might be imminent.

  • EU officials warned those calling for May to go back to Brussels that the negotiators have “exhausted the margin of manoeuvre” in the talks and the draft deal is “the best we can do”.

  • Mrs May held a press conference, telling journalists at Downing Street she believes with “every fibre of my being” that the course she has set out for Brexit is the right one.

  • Sky News poll reveals more than half of Britons are now against Brexit and support a second EU referendum.

READ MORE: Theresa May’s press conference speech – the full text

What happens next?

There is still a chance we could see more high-profile resignations before the week is out.

Mrs May offered the role of Brexit Secretary to Environment Secretary Michael Gove and he has yet to accept, leading to rumours he could be the next out the door.

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt was widely rumoured to be planning her resignation, but a meeting with the Prime Minister has come and gone and she remains in place.

So, if Mrs May makes it through this week and next, the next big hurdle will be the emergency EU summit scheduled for November 25 when all 27 member states must agree to the deal.

And then it’s up to Parliament to vote.

READ MORE: Could we still have a no deal Brexit? What does that mean?

What happens if Parliament votes the deal down?

There are four potential outcomes if this deal is rejected in the Commons – which most MPs have said it will be, if today’s sitting is anything to go by:

1) The UK leaves the EU with no deal

2) The UK goes back to the EU to try renegotiate (this will be very tight for time to get the UK out of the EU by the Mach 29 deadline)

3) A general election is held to let the public decide who should be in the driving seat for trying to get a last-minute deal

4) Another referendum is held to see if the public still wants to go ahead with Brexit

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