Theresa May has used an interview with the Mail on Sunday to plead with rebels in the Conservative Party. Mrs. May claims that if they fail to support her deal, then they will pave the way for a government led by Jeremy Corbyn.
Senior members of her party have been urging the Prime Minister to reopen negotiations with Brussels – as some estimates have suggested that current proposals will be defeated in the House of Commons.
Mrs. May remains adamant that her proposals have the full support of her Cabinet. ‘I think we all recognise that this is a good deal,’ she said.
If her deal is rejected and a vote of no confidence is triggered, then this will be the first time parliament has sat over Christmas since 1656 – during the Cromwellian Interregnum.
In an interview with BBC Radio 4, the Prime Minister condemned those attempting to ‘frustrate’ and ‘overturn’ Brexit – she claimed ‘that’s not right.’
Theresa May further claimed that this process is being manipulated and exploited by the Labour Party. She stated: ‘The Labour Party see this as a way of trying to engineer a General Election.’
However, the opposition maintains that the current proposals are not in the interest of the country – hence will oppose the deal on Tuesday.
Long standing Labour policy. Six tests for the govt’s proposed Article 50 deal. If not met, we vote against. And, if we hold onto our crucial Lords’ amendment, Parliament decides what happens next. https://t.co/33duvf0QFB
— Keir Starmer (@Keir_Starmer) May 18, 2018
Sir Keir Starmer, Shadow Brexit Secretary, has made it clear that his party would support a deal, as long as it conforms to his six tests – which were outlined earlier in 2018.
Comment from Thomas Howard, Editor at TPN:
Theresa May has reverted back to the tactics exploited in the past – scaremongering. She has issued an ultimatum to those rebels within her party – support me, or face a government led by Jeremy Corbyn.
This is a desperate appeal for support, as the vote to accept or reject her deal looms closer. Currently, it appears that the deal will be rejected by the House of Commons.