3 MPs quit as UK political sands shift

3 MPs quit as UK political sands shift 1

Three MPs quit the governing Conservative Party over Brexit yesterday, joining a mounting rebellion in parliament this week against the two major parties that is shaking the system in British politics. Theresa May is set to meet Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for talks Anna Soubry, Heidi Allen and Sarah Wollaston said they planned to sit in parliament alongside eight former Labour MPs who, also citing their opposition to Brexit, have resigned from the main opposition party since Monday to form the new Independent Group. The trio of Conservatives, who support…

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Three MPs quit Tory party to join Independent Group

Three MPs quit Tory party to join Independent Group 2

Three Tory MPs have resigned from the party to join an independent group, set up by former Labour MPs. Heidi Allen, Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston join the Independent Group Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston and Heidi Allen wrote a joint letter to Theresa May to confirm their departure. The three held a press conference, criticising the government for letting the “hard-line anti-EU awkward squad” take over the party. The PM said she was “saddened”, but her party would “always offer… decent, moderate and patriotic politics”. Related Articles The pro-Remain trio…

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More Brexit embarrassment for May as parliament defeats her again

More Brexit embarrassment for May as parliament defeats her again 3

BY REUTERS LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May suffered a defeat on her Brexit strategy on Thursday that undermined her pledge to European Union leaders to get her divorce deal approved if they grant her concessions. In a show of muscle, hardline Brexit supporters in her Conservative Party decided to abstain, handing her an embarrassing, albeit symbolic, defeat as she tries to renegotiate her deal with the EU. While it will not deter May from trying to secure changes on the most contentious issue of the deal – the…

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Theresa May accepts talks offer from Jeremy Corbyn in bid for Brexit breakthrough

Theresa May accepts talks offer from Jeremy Corbyn in bid for Brexit breakthrough 5

By Aubrey Allegretti | SkyNews| Theresa May has accepted the offer of more talks with Jeremy Corbyn to break the Brexit deadlock, boosting chances of a breakthrough. Theresa May is set to meet Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for talks The prime minister indicated their teams should meet “as soon as possible” – with less than 50 days to go until the UK leaves the EU and no agreement ratified by parliament. She vowed to take up the points raised by Mr Corbyn in a letter, replying to an earlier one sent…

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Brexit and no-confidence vote: Corbyn targets ‘zombie government’

Brexit and no-confidence vote: Corbyn targets ‘zombie government’ 6

British MPs have begun to debate a motion of no confidence in Theresa May’s government, after her Brexit deal was rejected. Labour launched the bid to trigger a general election after the deal setting out the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU was rejected by 230 votes. Prime Minister Theresa May, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn However, one senior party figure has suggested it is unlikely to succeed, with Northern Ireland’s DUP and Tory rebels saying they will back the PM. The confidence vote is expected to be held at about…

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Jeremy Corbyn denies ‘stupid woman’ jibe at Theresa May

Jeremy Corbyn denies ‘stupid woman’ jibe at Theresa May 7

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has denied calling Theresa May a “stupid woman” during Prime Minister’s Questions after facing calls to apologise. Jeremy Corbyn He told MPs he had said “stupid people” and that he was “opposed to the use of sexist and misogynist language in any form”. Commons Speaker John Bercow said he had not seen the alleged incidents and all MPs had to be taken at their word. But Tory MPs said they did not believe Mr Corbyn and said he must apologise. Related Articles Mr Corbyn told the…

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Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn tables Theresa May no-confidence motion

Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn tables Theresa May no-confidence motion 8

Jeremy Corbyn has tabled a motion of no confidence in Theresa May, after she said MPs would not vote on her Brexit deal until the week of 14 January. Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, Prime Minister Theresa May, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn The PM had delayed the vote from last week, admitting she was set to lose. Labour leader Mr Corbyn said on Monday it was unacceptable for MPs to wait a month to vote, adding the PM had led the UK into a “national crisis”. But No 10 sources told…

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Brexit: EU says no to May on renegotiating deal

Brexit: EU says no to May on renegotiating deal 9

European Union leaders have said the Brexit withdrawal agreement is “not open for renegotiation”, despite appeals from Theresa May. Prime Minister Theresa May She wanted legal assurances on the Irish backstop to help her deal get through Parliament, after she delayed a Commons vote in anticipation of defeat. The PM said the deal was “at risk” if MPs’ concerns could not be addressed. European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said there could be clarifications but no renegotiation. Related Articles He urged the UK to set out more clearly what it wants,…

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Theresa May survives confidence vote

Theresa May survives confidence vote 10

British Prime Minister Theresa May has won a vote of confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party by 200 to 117. Prime Minister Theresa May After securing 63% of the total vote, she is now immune from a leadership challenge for a year. Speaking in Downing Street, she vowed to deliver the Brexit “people voted for” but said she had listened to the concerns of MPs who voted against her. Her supporters urged the party to move on but critics said losing the support of a third of MPs…

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Brexit: Theresa May to meet EU leaders in bid to rescue deal

Brexit: Theresa May to meet EU leaders in bid to rescue deal 11

Theresa May will meet European leaders and EU officials later for talks aimed at rescuing her Brexit deal. Prime Minister Theresa May She will hold talks with Dutch PM Mark Rutte and Germany’s Angela Merkel after postponing MPs’ final vote on the deal. The UK PM has said she needs “further assurances” about the Northern Ireland border plan to get Commons backing. European Council President Donald Tusk insisted the EU would “not renegotiate” but said leaders would discuss how to help “facilitate UK ratification”. Related Articles Work and Pensions Secretary…

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