Published: Mon, November 19, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

British PM May Seeks Tory Support Amid Dwindling Opposition to Brexit Deal

British PM May Seeks Tory Support Amid Dwindling Opposition to Brexit Deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May has held a conference call with scores of Conservative constituency leaders in a bid to persuade them to support her, now that the revolt against the Brexit draft deal seems to be coming to a standstill.

Some in the Labour Party have called for a second referendum to give the public final say on the Brexit deal.

The crisis threatened to destroy the Brexit agreement, unseat the prime minister and send the United Kingdom hurtling toward the European Union exit without a plan.

Dominic Raab, the UK's Brexit secretary, who was nominally the chief British negotiator for the deal now on the table said on Thursday: " I can not in good conscience support the terms proposed for our deal with the European Union". Several Conservative lawmakers are pushing for a noconfidence vote, hoping to reach a threshold of 48 to trigger a challenge.

It follows a backlash against her controversial EU Brexit deal.

Sterling, which has see-sawed on Brexit news since the referendum, was up half a cent against the dollar at $1.2834 on Friday. She did not immediately address that part of the caller's question.

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of a group of 60 pro-Brexit Tories, on Thursday said he had sent a formal letter demanding a vote of no confidence in Mrs May's leadership, with other lawmakers following suit.

Tory whips met at Westminster yesterday to discuss building support for Mrs May ahead of a crunch no-confidence vote - expected to be triggered on Monday - which would oust her from Downing Street.

Aides insisted that Mrs May would step up her efforts to convince both the country and her party of the merits of her draft agreement.

The five ministers, who have all -attended Ms Leadsom's "pizza nights" to thrash out strategy, could also help Mrs May avoid a vote of no-confidence from her MPs, as they are in a position to influence Leave supporters who might be contemplating calling for one.

"I do think there is a point at which, we probably should have done it before, where we just say "I'm sorry this is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, we can not accept those dictated terms".

Michael Gove and four other Eurosceptic Cabinet ministers will try to force Theresa May into a last-minute change to the Brexit deal as the price for withdrawing their threats to resign.

"What's happened is people have been ringing me and telling me that they are putting their letters in ... and I think we're probably not far off", said Baker, a key figure in the Brexit-backing wing of May's party.

On Saturday Andrea Leadsom, the minister in charge of government business in parliament, told the BBC that she was supporting May but was not fully happy with the deal. "We've been married for 38 years, that's a long time".

Quoting two reasons, Raab tweeted that he "cannot in good conscience support the terms proposed for our deal with the European Union", alongside a copy of his resignation.

More than 20 have publically said they have done so.

"The idea of playing politics on such an important issue when the option is a no deal which would be pretty calamitous, not just for us but the rest of Europe as well, this is not a sensible way forward".

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