May sells her Brexit plan to business leaders as Tory divisions continue

May sells her Brexit plan to business leaders as Tory divisions continue

After a rollercoaster week that threatened to bring an end to her premiership, May survived Friday without any further high-profile departures from her administration.

The embattled prime minister, speaking at a press conference in her Downing Street office, said, "This is a Brexit that delivers on the priorities of the people", Xinhua reported.

Ministers from the EU27 ministers will meet for the General Affairs Council in Brussels on Monday to discuss the draft Brexit agreement. I don't think that is realistic. "I think that the greatest price that could be paid would be to have no Brexit at all".

She said: "The choices before us were hard, particularly in relation to the Northern Ireland backstop, but the collective decision of Cabinet was that the Government should agree the draft withdrawal agreement and the outline political declaration".

The specter of a confidence vote still looms over May. For the Tories to be able to trigger a leadership contest, 15 percent of MPs would need to write letters demanding a confidence vote to the chairman of the party's 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady. "Mistakes were made which shouldn't have taken place and work is ongoing to make sure those people are properly compensated". If May lost, she would be forced to step down as Prime Minister and Britain's political crisis would get considerably more intense.

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European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier said the European Union foreign ministers "have agreed to the principle" of a one-off extension of the post-Brexit transition period if the two sides need more time to finalize a trade deal.

Rudd had resigned as Home Secretary in April after admitting she "inadvertently misled" MPs over deportation targets.

The rehabilitation of Ms Rudd, who quit in a row over immigration targets, comes after a report concluded she had been let down by her officials.

May has struggled politically since June, 2017, when she managed to lose her party's majority in parliament by calling an election that was not necessary.

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Shailesh Vara quit as minister of state for Northern Ireland, saying he can not support Mrs May's agreement, which he said "leaves the United Kingdom in a halfway house with no time limit on when we will finally be a sovereign nation".

Barclay, a Brexit-supporting junior health minister who has never served in the Cabinet before, is a loyalist who has not once voted against the government in parliament.

In Brussels, the European Union's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, said the Brexit process was at a "key moment" and urged all sides to remain "calm".

May has pledged to fight on, warning that toppling her risks delaying Britain's exit from the European Union, or leaving without a deal, a step that could thrust the world's fifth largest economy into the unknown.

"The British people just want us to get on with it", she said, referring to the efforts to deliver Brexit in March next year in accordance with the 2016 referendum. Conservative Party chief whip Julian Smith - whose role is to maintain party discipline - was seen arriving at Downing Street on Friday morning as May seeks to rally support within Conservative ranks.

"I believe with every fibre of my being - the approach is right", May said with regard to going ahead with her Brexit plan despite strong opposition inside her own political party and parliament.

Her biggest challenge will be getting the deal through parliament. "The people of the United Kingdom deserve better".

Five remaining Brexiteer cabinet members are now reportedly pressuring May to go back to the European Union to demand changes before a planned special summit in Brussels on November 25, when the 27 member states of the European Union are to vote on the deal.

"A change of leadership at this point isn't going to make the negotiations any easier and it isn't going to change the parliamentary arithmetic", she told Sky News in an interview.

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