DESPERATE Theresa May immediately appointed an complete unknown to be the subsequent Brexit Secretary after Michael Gove turned the job down – fearing it will show a poisoned chalice.
The PM requested Stephen Barclay, the Depart-voting Well being Minister, to take over from Dominic Raab as a management disaster swirled round her.
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Theresa May might face a vote of confidence inside days
Insurgent Tories have claimed a vote of confidence could possibly be imminent as dozens of livid MPs name for her to be toppled.
Mrs May revealed this night that Mr Barclay, 46, would be the subsequent Brexit Secretary – however he will not be concerned in talks with Brussels.
The position, beforehand one of probably the most highly effective within the Cupboard, has been downgraded and can now solely contain getting ready Britain for our EU exit.
The appointment of the North East Cambridgeshire MP despatched shockwaves by way of Westminster due to his earlier low profile.
Stephen Barclay in the present day turned the brand new Brexit Secretary
Who’s the brand new Brexit Secretary?
STEPHEN Barclay is a Depart-backing MP who gained the seat of North East Cambridgeshire in 2010.
Since then he has served as a Authorities whip, Treasury Minister and most just lately Well being Minister.
Outdoors of politics he served within the army earlier than working as a lawyer for the Monetary Providers Authority, after which – amusingly – at Barclays.
Over the summer time he warned that Britain mustn’t decrease any regulatory requirements after Brexit.
Mr Barclay takes excessive job from Dominic Raab, who give up earlier this week over Theresa May’s Brexit deal.
He turns into the third Brexit Secretary in simply 4 months, after David Davis threw within the towel in July.
He is married and has two youngsters.
He stated this night he was “delighted” to get the position and promised to “keep up the momentum” to finalise the deal and “deliver a Brexit that works for the whole UK”.
He’s believed to have landed the job as a result of he’s one of the few Brexit-voting ministers left within the Authorities.
Elected to the Commons in 2010, he was a minister within the Treasury for 2 years earlier than turning into deputy to the Well being Secretary in January.
Setting Secretary Mr Gove was final night time provided the Brexit Secretary job, however refused as a result of he did not need the duty of selling Mrs May’s deal.
Steve Barclay stated he was delighted to get the job
Mrs May’s mini-reshuffle got here as she ready to battle a management election which might come early subsequent week.
This morning Brexiteer MP Steve Baker advised the hardline European Analysis Group that sufficient Tories have referred to as for a vote of no confidence to set off a management election – then he admitted this afternoon that he does not know if that is true and a vote will not come for a number of days.
In the meantime pro-Brexit members of the Cupboard vowed they may work collectively to get the proposed withdrawal settlement torn up.
As Westminster endured one other day of excessive drama:
- Theresa May was confronted by voters throughout a fiery radio phone-in
- The PM received a lift as Michael Gove introduced he’ll keep within the Cupboard
- Mrs May appointed Amber Rudd as the brand new Work and Pensions Secretary
- She insisted the Brexit deal is private – revealing her life is dependent upon insulin imported from the EU
- However not a single Depart-backing minister has publicly spoken out in help of the deal
- Official briefings for MPs on the proposed Brexit deal have been cancelled
- A second referendum on Brexit was stated to be extra probably than ever after this week’s chaos
Theresa May was confronted by voters on a phone-in this morning
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Michael Gove, pictured leaving residence right now, is predicted to keep within the Cupboard
Backbench chief Graham Brady might announce at any second that he has acquired the 48 letters wanted to set off a contest.
Ex-Defence Minister Mark Francois right now turned the newest MP to name for Mrs May to go, sending a damning letter with the title “She just doesn’t listen”.
He stated colleagues had repeatedly tried to get Mrs May to change tack, however “no one really listened to a word we said”.
Blasting her aides and shut MPs who “have never accepted the result of the referendum”, he stated that Remainers have been successfully holding us within the EU altogether.
Mr Francois wrote: “They’ve helped to steer the negotiations in such a approach meaning, fairly merely, we won’t actually depart the European Union however successfully stay inside it.
“This is a betrayal of the decision of 17.4million British people and the clear instruction that was given to all Members of Parliament by them in the referendum.”
He concluded: “Now the details of the deal are available we can see how truly awful it is… I can never vote for this.”
What occurs subsequent if there’s a no confidence vote in Theresa May?
IF Tory backbench chairman Graham Brady proclaims that there is been 48 letters despatched to him expressing no confidence in Theresa May as Prime Minister, she faces a battle to maintain on to her job.
MPs would within the coming days face a crunch vote in whether or not or not Mrs May ought to keep in No10, and as get together chief.
All 316 Tories would then want to forged their vote in a secret poll in whether or not they believe in her or not.
If one comes, it might happen as early as Monday.
If she wins, she stays in energy as Prime Minister, and rebels cannot attempt to boot her out for an additional yr.
But when she loses, then a Tory management marketing campaign is mechanically began.
She is going to keep as Prime Minister till a brand new chief is appointed.
However throughout that point MPs would nominate one another to substitute her. After a number of rounds of voting, the numbers might be whittled down to two.
These two will go to the Tory members to struggle for his or her votes, in a marketing campaign that may final a number of weeks.
Whoever wins that vote will turn out to be the subsequent Tory chief and Prime Minister.
Mrs May was interviewed by LBC immediately
This morning Steve Baker, deputy chair of the ERG, texted allies saying: “My count is over 48 with about a dozen probables on top.”
However hours later he rowed again and admitted he is unsure how many individuals have genuinely despatched in letters.
He informed the BBC’s Politics Stay: “I am afraid it is leaked out of a WhatsApp group that I stated earlier right now that my rely is over 48 with one other dozen probables on prime.
“However as I’ve informed colleagues since that leak, solely Graham is aware of the correct quantity. My quantity might be inaccurate as a result of individuals will withdraw letters, individuals will say they put letters in once they have not.
“My count will be inaccurate – it is a grave matter but I think we’re close.”
The Solar is conscious of the names of 37 MPs who declare to have despatched in letters to date.
Sir Graham has remained tight-lipped concerning the complete quantity he is acquired, and is known to have left Westminster for the weekend.
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This morning Mrs May was confronted by voters on a reside LBC radio phone-in – with the very first caller telling her to give up and make means for an actual Brexiteer.
The caller, a Tory councillor from Louth named Daniel, referred to as on Mrs May to “do the right thing in the national interest and stand down to allow someone from the Brexit camp to take the lead” – however she was adamant her deal was the one one on the desk.
One other caller, Gary from Acton, additionally launched a blistering assault on Mrs May – evaluating her to pre-WW2 PM Neville Chamberlain as a result of she’s “appeased a foreign power”.
He stated she ought to resign and make method for Jacob Rees-Mogg – who’s main the riot towards her.
The PM vowed to keep in her job, saying: “I am bringing back what I think is the best deal for Britain.”
She insisted she had seen off makes an attempt by Brussels to cut up up the UK and place a border between Nice Britain and Northern Eire.
Mrs May stated: “What the EU needed was to separate Northern Eire from the remaining of the UK – we stated no.
“They said they wanted a customs border down the Irish sea… in October they said, OK, we have to do it in a different way.”
Theresa May might face a management problem any minute
She added: “From the EU’s level of view, they need to see the ECJ nonetheless having jurisdiction over us – we’re very clear that can’t be the case.
“We have held out, we have held our floor they usually’ve given in.
“But it’s a negotiation and any negotiation, complex as it is, is actually a negotiation which leads to compromises.”
And she or he hinted the present model of the deal might change forward of an EU summit pencilled in for subsequent weekend, saying: “We’ve still got some things to sort out with them.”
Mrs May added that the settlement can be “finalised” on the assembly on November 25 and stated: “I will then bring that deal back to Parliament.”
EU envoy Michel Barnier revealed that negotiators on each side will meet twice over the weekend to attempt to hammer out additional particulars of the draft textual content.
Allies of the PM in the present day mobilised to converse in favour of her deal and speak up its prospects of passing via the Commons.
Commerce Secretary Liam Fox, a staunch Brexiteer, stated: “We’re elected to do what’s within the nationwide curiosity. I hope that throughout Parliament we’ll recognise that a deal is best than no deal.
“Businesses do require certainty, confidence as they go forward with their planning.”
Jacob Rees-Mogg is main the problem to the PM
Mrs May’s de facto deputy David Lidington demanded insurgent MPs withdraw the letters and accused the of damaging Britain.
He blasted: “Withdraw them, as a result of I do not assume you are doing the nation any good by attacking the Prime Minister on this means.
“I’ve seen no believable various plan from any of these criticising her or wanting to problem her place.
“I believe if it does comes to a challenge the Prime Minister will win handsomely and she will deserve to do so.”
The PM is clinging to No10 by her fingertips after two Cupboard ministers have been amongst 4 to give up over her Brexit deal.
Dominic Raab and Esther McVey accused Mrs May of selling out voters by signing up to an settlement which might maintain Britain intently tied to the EU for good.
Mrs May feared that Michael Gove and up to 4 others might comply with them out of the Cupboard, dealing her authority a deadly blow.
It now seems that each one her senior ministers aside from Mr Raab and Ms McVey will keep for the foreseeable future.
However Andrea Leadsom is main a gaggle of 5 – together with Mr Gove, Mr Fox, Penny Mordaunt and Chris Grayling – who plan to meet often and strike a united pro-Brexit entrance, together with a bid to rewrite the proposed deal.
The revelation ramps up the strain on the PM – as a result of it suggests they might nonetheless give up moderately than enroll to the prevailing settlement.
Irish chief Leo Varadkar at this time insisted the deal cannot be considerably modified, saying: “This can be a withdrawal settlement which took the most effective half of two years to negotiate involving 28 nations all of whom have their very own specific considerations and pursuits.
“If you start trying to amend it or unthink it you might find that the whole thing unravels.”
Mrs May used a defiant press convention final night time to face down her critics, insisting she is going to battle for her future “with every fibre of my being”.
The PM stated: “From the very starting I’ve recognized what I needed to ship for the British individuals to honour their vote within the referendum.
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“The British people just want to get on with it – they are looking to the Conservative party to deliver.”
And requested by The Solar if she would battle towards the management problem launched by livid MPs, Mrs May replied: “Am I going to see this through? Yes.”
And she or he in contrast herself to England cricket legend Geoffrey Boycott, including: “What do we know about Geoffrey Boycott? He stuck at it and got the runs in the end.”
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