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Mrs May’s precariously poised Brexit is set to be demolished by Spain using Article 50 negotiations to cynically win concessions from Britain on the future of Gibraltar. Just hours after the Prime Minister appeared to have just about headed-off an internal coup spearheaded by Jacob Rees-Mogg and David Davis it emerged Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez was intent...

Writing in an opinion piece for the Belfast Telegraph, she said there were three main reasons why the proposed backstop agreement with the EU should be supported. She said: “This agreement ensures that there can never be a return to the borders of the past in the event that we have not entered into our future relationship by 2021. “Although it is important to...

FORMER Conservative Party leader William Hague has sounded a dire warning to Tory rebels looking to sink Theresa May’s Brexit divorce deal and oust her as Prime Minister, saying to do so would effectively hand Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn the keys to Number 10. Mr Hague made his appeal during a week in which Mrs May is at the centre of frenzied speculation about...

The former Brexit Secretary made the claim in a blog post on the ConservativeHome website. European Union and UK negotiators have already agreed the transition period, which is due to run until the end of 2020 and during which time the UK will be subject to EU rules, can only begin if a Brexit deal is reached. But David Davis, who quit his role in July in opposition...

The ex-Army Royal Green Jackets captain’s comments come after a female officer was kicked and almost fell into the path of a passing double-decker bus in Merton, south London, as an onlooker filmed the event. Several cars drove past without stopping to help during the attack on two officers. Metropolitan Police Federation chairman Ken Marsh has warned officers...

Mr Coveney said the Brexit agreement was not a draft and it was “not going to be re-opened”, despite British MPs have called for the possibility to make amendments to it. He said: “This is a text that has been agreed between the negotiations teams, it has been agreed by the British government. So to that extent, it is not a draft text, it now...

The Prime Minister was under intense pressure from a group of Brexiteers led by Owen Paterson and Iain Duncan Smith but quelled their unrest after a meeting at Number 10, which the latter described as “constructive”. The group were seeking assurances over the backstop which they saw as the European Union tying Britain to the block indefinitely. But Mrs...

The hard left MP claimed British constitutional conventions dictate a ruling party that can not command a House of Commons majority should step aside and let the opposition form a government. Prime Minister Theresa May has faced widespread opposition from MPs since announcing her draft Brexit withdrawal agreement last week and faces a near impossible task to get...

Following a lengthy discussion on Theresa May’s Brexit deal, Ms Ridge asked the Labour leader where he stood on euroscepticism. She highlighted how Jeremy Corbyn had previously voted to leave the European Economic Community, as the EU was formerly known, in 1975 and opposed the creation of the EU in the Maastricht Treaty – which Mr Corbyn clarified as opposition...

Mrs May has been under intense pressure ever since the publication of the 585-page draft withdrawal agreement on Wednesday, with Brexit secretary Dominic Raab and Work and Pensions minister Esther McVey submitting their resignations the next day. And speculation is mounting about her future as Prime Minister as the number of letters submitted by MPs to 1922 Committee...

And Graham Brady has also hinted not all those claiming to have sent letters of no confidence to him had done so, suggesting in the past MPs had lied about having done so – while suggesting Mrs May would win a leadership contest in any case. Mrs May is under pressure after the publication of the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement on Wednesday and the consequent...

According to the ComRes poll of 2,000 adults for the Sunday Express 53 per cent have rejected the idea of a so called People’s Vote and instead want Theresa May to get on with the job of leaving the EU. Voters polled also made it clear they do not want a general election with 50 per cent opposing another immediate vote for parliament and only 26 per cent backing...

Steve Hilton believes the former Prime Minister is well placed to walk back into Number 10 if Mrs May is removed by a vote of no confidence. Mr Cameron’s return could now be “the best hope for Britain”, his former Downing Street guru said. Writing in the Sunday Times, Mr Hilton described the UK’s current political turmoil as a “national emergency”. He...

Critics have previously branded talk of Brexit worries sparking stockpiling as Project Fear, but frozen-food warehouses report being fully booked for the next six months. One company with room for 80,000 pallets, Associated Cold Stores & Transport (ACST), said demand had soared following last week’s unveiling of Theresa May’s draft Brexit deal, The Guardian...

The former Ukip leader has said he sees no alternative other than making a return to frontline politics after becoming increasingly frustrated at the direction negotiations have taken. The 54-year-old said he had not yet decided whether he would return to the Ukip fold, or launch a new party of his own. But he explained: “If I have to step back into the fray...

The European Research Group (ERG) published Your Right to Know: The Case Against Chequers and the Draft Withdrawal Agreement in Plain English three days after the Government’s 585-page draft deal with the EU was released. Mrs May’s Chequers blueprint and last week’s withdrawal document “mean that the UK would not, in reality, leave the European Union”,...

Defying the party critics attempting to oust her, the Prime Minister is to set out her belief that the draft Brexit agreement will give her Government the power to end the open door to EU migrants and introduce a skills-based immigration system. “We want an immigration system for the future that everyone can have confidence in,” she will say in a keynote...

Sir Bernard Jenkin, chairman of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC), wants the number of Lords cut and capped at 600 instead of the current 800. The report from the PACAC has called for urgent action and backs previous findings from the Burns report, which laid out proposals on reducing the size of the House of Lords. It argues...

David Lidington, the Cabinet Office minister and Theresa May’s de facto deputy, said he hoped political differences with the First Minister could be put aside to support a package he believes will safeguard jobs and investment. Mr Lidington met with members of the financial sector in Edinburgh yesterday, but he said a request for talks with Scottish ministers...

But he also appeared to rule out the idea of a second referendum, instead stressing the importance of consensus going forward. Mr Brown, who replaced Tony Blair in 2007, serving as Prime Minister for three years until being ousted after the 2010 general election, made his comments in a columns for the Financial Times in which he suggested the creation of royal...

Mr Barclay, who has been a loyal junior member of Mrs May’s government, was a surprise replacement for Dominic Raab, who quit over the draft “divorce” deal. But the role has been downgraded, with Mrs May taking control of final negotiations. Mr Barclay’s job will instead focus on domestic preparations for Brexit, including steering the divisive...

Theresa May has faced an uphill struggle to retain power following the unveiling of her Brexit agreement plan on Wednesday. It resulted in a furious public and parliamentary backlash that saw seven ministers resign from the Cabinet, and a coup mounted against her leadership. And, according to one polling expert, the majority of the public – from both Leave...

Controversial Mr Alston published a report on his so-called “human rights fact-finding visit” to Britain, in which he called 14million Britons – one fifth of the population – “poor”, adding that “British compassion has been replaced by a mean and callous approach”. He also said 1.5million Britons are destitute because they cannot afford the...

In a scathing attack on Mrs May, the politician said Mrs May “does not appear to believe in Brexit” and urged his fellow Brexiteers to be “unafraid” of post-Brexit Britain. He said: “There is no doubting the PM’s courage, stamina and sense of duty. “However, sadly, she does not appear to believe in Brexit.” He also hinted to the Daily Telegraph the...

Meanwhile Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has also sought to turn up the heat by claiming Britain faced economic disaster if the House of Commons fails to ratify the deal, with Mrs May forced into a u-turn weeks later. The 565-page draft agreement was unveiled on Wednesday, with negotiations beginning this weekend in advance of Friday’s summit in Brussels to discuss...