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UK PM May to address her lawmakers on Wednesday after attacks over Brexit

 

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FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves a news conference at the European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium October 18, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

 

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will address her Conservative Party lawmakers at a private meeting in parliament on Wednesday, her spokesman said, as she seeks to calm growing tensions over her Brexit strategy.

 

May will appear before the party's so-called "1922 Committee" of backbenchers in parliament, where she can expect a rowdy crowd and difficult questions. How she goes down with restive lawmakers, some of whom would like to topple her, will be closely watched.

 

She herself asked the committee's chairman if she could address the meeting, her spokesman said.

 

Earlier, the Sun newspaper's political editor Tom Newton Dunn had posted on Twitter: "Interestingly, May was not summoned to attend tomorrow - but has herself asked to go. This must mean the Chief Whip (party organiser) is confident of pulling off a choreographed show of loyalty."

 

With just over five months until Britain is scheduled to leave the EU, Brexit talks have stalled over a disagreement on the so-called Northern Irish "backstop", an insurance policy to ensure there will be no return to a hard border on the island of Ireland if a future trading relationship is not agreed in time.

 

May again failed to clinch a deal at an EU summit last week and her decision to signal the possibility of extending a post-Brexit transition period, keeping Britain under EU governance with no say in it, to help end the deadlock has angered both hardline supporters of Brexit and pro-EU lawmakers.

 

Britain's Sunday newspapers were full of anonymous attacks on her, the violent nature of which have since been condemned by even her harshest critics. One said May was entering "the killing zone", while another said May should "bring her own noose" to the 1922 committee meeting.

 

A vote of no-confidence in May would be triggered if 48 Conservative lawmakers submit letters to the chairman of the 1922 committee to demand such a vote. The Sunday Times said 46 had now been sent, but Reuters could not verify that number.

 

(Reporting by William James, Kylie MacLellan and Paul Sandle; editing by Stephen Addison)

 
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The UK is leaving the EU.   The options are basically "no deal" or a compromise deal which provides economic benefits over a no deal outcome.  It is a pity that the Tory "lawmakers" cannot realise that and stop threatening to topple May either now or later and instead get on with the job of helping her to achieve the best outcome for the UK.  Whatever they do, the UK is leaving and their job is surely to stop prevaricating and get on with it in the best way possible.

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2 hours ago, Retiredandhappyhere said:

The UK is leaving the EU.   The options are basically "no deal" or a compromise deal which provides economic benefits over a no deal outcome.  It is a pity that the Tory "lawmakers" cannot realise that and stop threatening to topple May either now or later and instead get on with the job of helping her to achieve the best outcome for the UK.  Whatever they do, the UK is leaving and their job is surely to stop prevaricating and get on with it in the best way possible.

 

You're right of course. But it is the split views within the Tory party, and their stubborn pig headed attitude that created this context in the first place. So don't expect any thing better from them.

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10 hours ago, webfact said:

A vote of no-confidence in May would be triggered if 48 Conservative lawmakers submit letters to the chairman of the 1922 committee to demand such a vote. The Sunday Times said 46 had now been sent, but Reuters could not verify that number.

The speculation is that it is 46 letters sent but nobody knows that for sure as these things are kept secret until there are the required number. They have to be careful though because if they do get 48 then a vote of no confidence will happen and that will just make things worse for the Tories.  No body wants the PM ship until Brexit is settled, then you can bet they will all put their hands up.  On Tuesday May called another Cabinet meeting and again it turned into a virtual bar brawl according to the reports.  Actually I think May will survive her meeting with the 1922 Committee.  The alternative is surely untenable for the party.

 

The National Audit Office has warned of chaos at the borders after March 2019 if we end up with a no deal.  There is no way they put in place a system to deal with the border issues in time.  More fear factor or reality sinking in?  Make your own mind up.

 

 

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I think the biggest danger at the moment is that the "coming up with a deal" is dragged on until the eleventh hour when it is then presented to parliament too late to re-negotiate any of the points.  It will be a choice of accept it or we crash out with no deal.  Therefore pushing through May's deal at any cost.  I know it has been said before but with the likelihood of May's deals being thrown out by the majority it may just be an option for her.

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