BREXIT LIVE: May booted out by SUNDAY in Tory coup – Deal is ‘DESPERATE, DELUDED & DEAD’
The Prime Minister’s 10-point compromise plan has been savaged by Labour and Brexiteers and branded a “dog’s breakfast” after she offered Remainer MPs a binding vote on a second referendum – if they backed her Withdrawal Agreement at a fourth attempt. Furious Tories are now urging Mrs May to resign from her party “immediately”, describing the offer as “desperate, deluded and doomed”, with more than 50 Conservative MPs vowing to vote against it. David Jones, the former Brexit minister, said: “I have been an MP for 14 years and I have never seen such anger among colleagues. She is desperate, she is deluded and she is doomed.” Leadership rivals Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab were among Tories who backed Theresa May’s deal in March but have vowed to oppose the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB).
Rejection of the WAB heaps further pressure on Mrs May to quit immediately, but some Tories called on her to go now without even risking the humiliation of a fourth Commons defeat on Brexit.
Mrs May’s last-ditch attempt to get a deal through included offering a vote on whether to hold a second referendum, as well as a choice over the UK’s future customs arrangements.
The deal was described as “dead on arrival” by Conservative Mark Francois, vice-chairman of the European Research Group (ERG).
And the beleaguered Prime Minister now faces a fresh bid to eject her from Downing Street from the 1922 backbenchers’ committee, which meets later on Wednesday.
Tory MP Nigel Evans, who sits on the 1922 executive, said he would be seeking a rule change to hold another confidence vote and the Prime Minister should “make way for fresh leadership without handcuffing her successor to a poisoned baton”.
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8.36am update: May piles pressure on Corbyn in 3-page letter
The Prime Minister wrote a three-page letter to Jeremy Corbyn as her latest proposals receive a hostile backlash from critics in her own Conservative Party.
Mrs May’s deal opens up the possibility of a second referendum, while also confirming MPs would get a vote on keeping the UK in the customs union until the next General Election.
In the letter to Mr Corbyn, Theresa May highlighted the tests he had set at the start of the failed process to reach a cross-party agreement, and insisted her new proposals would hold for the remainder of this Parliament – a reference to his concerns her successor could unpick a deal.
8.21am update: May to be booted by Sunday
BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said Nigel Evans that it will be “over” for May by Sunday.
She tweeted: “There is a new push to oust PM asap so she doesn’t have chance to put the bill forward being led by Nigel Evans – tory backbench cttee meeting today – one tells me ‘it’s Sunday’ – day when euro results come thro that it’s over.”