UK lawmakers have once again frustrated Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans for Brexit. On Monday evening MPs voted to take control of the parliamentary agenda. They’re now set to hold a series of indicative votes on the country’s departure from the EU, in an effort to find a solution backed by a majority. May has said she won’t be bound by the results, but observers say this latest development shows just how much authority she’s lost over the Brexit process.
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Hardline Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg will back Theresa May’s Brexit deal – as long as the Democratic Unionist Party does the same.
The Brextremist and chairman of the highly influential European Research Group made the admission at a meeting of the group’s MPs in Parliament tonight, a source said.
His backing would be a huge boost for the Prime Minister’s twice-defeated deal as she seeks to build support ahead of plans to bring it back a third time.
But it could end up being of little use as the DUP remains bitterly opposed to the deal and seem highly unlikely to vote for it in its current form.
In a sign of strained relationship the DUP’s Westminster leader Nigel Dodds appeared to be shaking with rage as he accused Theresa May of a ‘fundamental lack of preparation’ for No Deal.
He said the Government had known for ‘considerable time’ the UK was due to leave the EU on March 29 – but still wanted an extension for a fortnight.
He said: ‘What will change in 2 weeks?’ before savaging her for agreeing to the Irish backstop ‘when it is the thing that bedevils her agreement’ and Ireland and the EU say the Northern Irish border will remain open in the event of a No Deal.
MEP Philippe Lamberts accuses UK Prime Minister Theresa May of lacking “the basic human skills to be a political leader” after the Prime Minister failed to secure support from other European leaders during a crunch European Union Summit last week.
The Belgian MEP launched a scathing attack on Theresa May, accusing her of lacking the ability to forge a “bond of trust” not only within her Cabinet but also with European partners while the British Government negotiated to secure a Brexit deal.
The Prime Minister last week snatched a two-week delay to Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union after she failed to rally MPs behind her proposed divorce deal.
Addressing the international media today at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Mr Lamberts admitted it was “scary” and said: “If there’s one lesson we have learned from Theresa May’s attitude is her inability to factor in what others think, her inability to form bonds of trust within her Cabinet.
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