May: Reject my deal and face ‘uncharted waters’

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.

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.

Publishing Legal Advice ‘Not’ in ‘Public Interest’, Claims Attorney General

Six opposition parties have signed a letter requesting the Speaker of the House of Commons to launch ‘contempt of parliament’ proceedings against the Government after attorney general, Geoffrey Cox, refused to publish secret legal advice on Brexit plans to the House of Commons.

Cox, the most senior legal aid in Government, sparked widespread anger after publishing only a summarised version of the government’s legal position on Brexit instead of the full legal advice demanded by MPs in November 2018.

Geoffrey Cox, attorney general, has said that publishing the full legal advice of the deal would ‘not be in the public interest’. Cox gave his statement in the House of Commons on Monday. He claimed that the deal on offer is a ‘sensible compromise’. Jacob Rees-Mogg, Conservative MP, challenged him for not obeying the will of the House.

In response to criticism from across the House, Cox said: ‘I sincerely believe it would not be in all of our interests.’

Six opposition parties have signed a letter requesting the Speaker of the House of Commons to launch ‘contempt of parliament’ proceedings against the Government.

If the motion is followed through, Cox could face suspension or even expulsion from the Commons, a fate only a few MPs have faced over the years. This would be a disaster for Theresa May who sent Cox out today to sell her Brexit plan.

Speaking in the House on Monday, Cox urged MPs to be patient and said detaching from 45 years of European membership will take time to work out.

He told MPs the UK would be “indefinitely committed” to EU customs rules if Brexit trade talks broke down, and there was no unilateral right for the UK to pull out of the Irish backstop, which would come into force if no permanent trade deal with the EU is reached. He said: “There is no point in my trying or the government trying to disguise that fact.”

Comment from Thomas Howard-Editor

The attorney general appears to be defying the will of the House of Commons. He is refusing to publish the full legal advice issued to the Government.

It appears that the government is intent on withholding this information – despite a vote to release the legal advice in November 2018.