Brexit LIVE: May SCRAPS fourth vote on deal as Tories demand Prime Minister resigns NOW

Posted on May 23 2019 - 4:53pm by admin

Downing Street had insisted the second reading of Mrs May’s withdrawal agreement bill (WAB) would go before MPs in the week beginning June 3 but it did not appear on the forthcoming Commons agenda published today. Government whip Mark Spencer, outlining forthcoming business in the Commons, said: “We will update the House on the publication and introduction of the withdrawal agreement bill on our return from the Whitsun recess.”

Mr Spencer was deputising at business questions following the resignation of Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom, who stormed out of Government in protest at Mrs May’s Brexit stance.

A Downing Steet spokesman confirmed Mrs May’s U-turn on the WAB, saying “she is listening to colleagues” but insisted there were no plans to issue a resignation statement.

Her fate as Prime Minister looks set to be sealed tomorrow when she meets Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the powerful 1922 Committee of Conservative MPs.

Demands from Tory MPs for her to resign are continuing to surge following Cabinet turmoil over her Brexit strategy.

Theresa May

Theresa May is facing intensifying calls to quit immediately (Image: GETTY)

Speaking ahead of the  showdown with Sir Graham, 1922 Committee treasurer Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown said: “I want her to give a timetable for when she will go.

“I think this blank denial from Number 10 today may be a smokescreen because she does not want to influence the outcome of the European elections.

“Maybe she will still quit tomorrow.”


Theresa and Philip May

Theresa and Philip May (Image: GETTY)

1.33pm update: Downing Street announces new Cabinet roles

Downing Street has unveiled transport minister Jesse Norman Financial Secretary to the Treasury, replacing Mel Stride who becomes Commons Leader.

Michael Ellis, previously the arts minister, has been appointed as a transport minister.

Backbencher Rebecca Pow has been made a junior minister at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

1.17pm: May leaves Downing Street

Theresa May has left Downing Street and is understood to be heading for her constituency.

1.15pm update: Mel Stride appointed Commons Leader

Treasury minister Mel Stride has been appointed Commons Leader following Andrea

Leadsom’s resignation, Downing Street has announced.

Mel Stride

Mel Stride (Image: GETTY)

12.15pm update: Minister complains May being “hounded out of office”

Digital minister Margot James said the Prime Minister was being “hounded out of office”.

Speaking after attending an event in London, Ms James said: “It’s all very regrettable but she’s being hounded out of office because Parliament will not make a decision and the parties just have an inability to compromise.

“But in the end there’s got to be a compromise.”

11.44am update: Leadsom replacement to be unveiled today

A new Commons Leader will be announced today following Andrea Leadsom’s dramatic resignation last night.

Theresa May’s spokesman said: “As the PM set out in her letter, Andrea Leadsom has served with distinction and the Prime Minister is grateful for all of her work.

“I would expect a replacement to be announced later today.”

11.17am update: Duncan Smith urges Philip May to step in to Tory leadership row

Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith has called on Theresa May’s husband Philip to intervene as the party descends into meltdown ahead of the publication of her revised EU withdrawal agreement bill (WAB).

Downing Street insists the Prime Minister plans to publish the WAB despite Andrea Leadsom’s resignation as leader of the House of Commons and speculation Mrs May will have to set a date for her departure after meeting senior backbenchers tomorrow.

Mr Duncan Smith told TalkRadio if Mrs May was not prepared to listen to members of her cabinet, it was time for Mr May to step in.

He said: “The only person closest to her is clearly her husband, and I think somebody has to say look, nobody likes this.

“Politics is a nasty, sometimes brutal, ghastly business.

“But the reality is that she has no confidence any longer, not just in her party but in the cabinet as well.

“So the best thing for her and the best thing for everybody else is to break away and say its time to find a new leader.”

10.56am update: Senior backbenchers demand May’s resignation timeline

The treasurer of the powerful 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers has suggest Theresa May might “quit tomorrow”.

Speaking ahead of the Prime Minister’s showdown with the 1922 Committee Chairman Sir Graham Brady, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown said: “I want her to give a timetable for when she will go.

“I think this blank denial from Number 10 today may be a smokescreen because she does not want to influence the outcome of the European elections.

“Maybe she will still quit tomorrow.”

Asked what would happen if the PM did not announce a resignation date, Sir Geoffrey said: “I think there will be overwhelming pressure for the 22 to change the rules and hold a ballot on confidence in the Prime Minister.”

Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt says Theresa May will be in office for Donald Trump’s visit next month (Image: EPA)

10.48am update: Gove decides to stay in Cabinet

Environment Secretary Michael Gove says he will not be following Andrea Leadsom’s example and resigning from the Cabinet.

10.17am update: Hunt says May will be Prime Minister for Trump visit

Jeremy Hunt has insisted Theresa May will still be Prime Minister when Donald Trump comes for his state visit in the first week of June.

The Foreign Secretary told a Nato cybersecurity conference in London: ”Theresa May will be Prime Minister to welcome him and rightly so.”

Andrea Leadsom

Andrea Leadsom resigned last night (Image: GETTY)

9.53am update: Leadsom lying low after quitting Cabinet

There was no sign of Andrea Leadsom outside her Westminster home this morning.

Her husband Ben Leadsom stopped on his bicycle to tell reporters: “It was a tough day yesterday, but she’s happy she made the right decision.”

He said he could not comment when asked if the MP for South Northamptonshire would run for leader of the Conservative Party.

9.29am update: Mordant “getting on with my job”

Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt, a Brexiteer, told reporters: “I have given my advice to Number 10 and today I am going to be getting on with my job which is to keep the country safe and look after our armed forces.”

9.15am update: Juncker attacks MPs over campaign to out May

EU boss Jean-Claude Juncker has criticised MPs for seeking to oust Theresa May instead of thrashing out a Brexit deal.

Mr Juncker said he admired Mrs May for her resilience and was dismayed by the campaign to remove her from office.

He said: “What I don’t like in the British debate is it seems more important to replace the prime minister than to find an agreement among themselves.

“This is a woman who knows how to do things but she is unable to succeed in doing things. I like her very much. She is a tough person.”

Jean Claude Juncker Theresa May

Jean-Claude Juncker and Theresa May (Image: REUTERS)

9.07am update: Chief Whip arrives at Number 10

Julian Smith, the government’s Chief Whip, has arrived at 10 Downing Street.

8.27am update: Allen threatened to quit in tactical voting row

Change UK’s leader has admitted she threatened to quit in a row over tactical voting.

Heidi Allen said she was “very troubled” by the issue and would have “absolutely advised tactical voting” if the decision was up to her.

Some pro-remain campaigners are advocating tactical voting as a means of maximising their challenge to Nigel Farage’s surging Brexit Party in the European elections.

Ms Allen was asked by Channel 4 News if she had threatened to quit as Change UK leader over an internal dispute over whether to publicly back the Liberal Democrats outside London and the South East.

She said: “Yes. I did. I am very, very troubled by this. This is a massive decision for a party to take. Had it been left to me, I would have absolutely advised tactical voting.”

7.30am update: Backbenchers step up calls for May to quit

Bexleyheath and Crayford MP Sir David Evennett is the latest Conservative to demand Mrs May’s resignation.

He tweeted: “Theresa May must now resign. We need a new Prime Minister, a new Cabinet and a new approach to Brexit.”

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