MP declares no confidence in Theresa May over European Union withdrawal plans

Darnell Taylor
July 19, 2018

The government of Prime Minister Theresa May overcame a new rebellion in her government's ranks by defeating, by only 307 votes against to 301 in favour, a largely Conservative amendment to remain in the customs union, which would have destabilized its negotiating leverage with Brussels.

Johnson said the customs plan set out at Chequers was "a fantastical, Heath Robinson customs arrangement".

He urged the Prime Minister to change course in his resignation statement in Parliament.

To underline her apparent insouciance, she insisted that she would be working on her ministerial red box later that evening, rather than catching up on what her former Foreign Secretary said.

"It is as though a fog of self-doubt has descended", Johnson said.

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He added: "In the last few days, the prime minister has reneged on promises made to the European Union in terms of the "Irish backstop" and supported amendments which have undermined her own Brexit white paper, published only last week".

May's vulnerability in parliament, where she lost her majority in an ill-judged election past year, was laid bare on Monday and yesterday when she faced rebellions from both the pro-Brexit and pro-EU wings of her party.

Although Varadkar described the no-deal outcome as unlikely, he said preparations were necessary because "we can't make assumptions that the withdrawal agreement will get through Westminster".

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While May's party is in disarray over the plan, European Union member Ireland also said it was focusing on the white paper, unwilling to be diverted over the changes to her Brexit plans forced through in parliament this week.

Johnson said the Lancaster House approach had been welcomed by commentators and the financial markets, but that "we never actually turned that position into a negotiation. instead we dithered, and we burned through our negotiating capital".

"Let us again aim explicitly for that glorious vision of Lancaster House - a strong, independent self-governing Britain that is genuinely open to the world, not the miserable permanent limbo of Chequers", said Mr Johnson.

May also sought to rally support in later meetings with Conservative Party backbenchers known as the 1922 Committee and with the Parliamentary Liaison Committee that includes the leaders of all the House of Commons select committees.

"Mr Speaker, it is not too late to save Brexit", declared Johnson.

Mr. Johnsons partisans know that recent polling shows that Britons dont believe that Mrs.

It was 'clear that many people are concerned by this, ' he wrote.

The Tory MP added that Theresa May is no longer "in charge" and called for the prime minister to reach out to form a "government of national unity", during an appearance on BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning.

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