UK's May fights to sell Brexit deal to a skeptical country

Roman Schwartz
November 27, 2018

She could face a leadership challenge or new elections.

He said people needed to know what the choice now facing Britain was, adding: "The choice is between a deal, or the uncertainty that would flow from what the Chancellor said last week; the choppy waters that we will move in to if this deal does not go through".

European Union leaders across the board are likely to mirror the approach, as they use the Brexit issue as a way to try and gain concessions from the UK.

She was loudly barracked by MPs as she insisted that no better deal was available than the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on future relations endorsed by European Union leaders in Brussels on Sunday.

However, a former member of May's Cabinet and an outspoken Brexiteer, Boris Johnson, said it was an "understatement" to call the PM's Brexit deal "unsatisfactory".

The US president issued the warning to the United Kingdom prime minister outside the White House Monday after she spent hours defending it in Parliament.

Mr Collins tweeted: "I will not be voting for the EU withdrawal agreement, as agreed by the European Council, when it comes to the House of Commons on 12th December".

May must now navigate the deal through a divided chamber in which she holds the slimmest working majority - and where lawmakers oppose it on all sides.

Trump's comments came as the Prime Minister was attempting to woo more than 100 business leaders at a Downing Street reception as she tried to drum up support for her Brexit deal.

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More disconcerting for Mayt is a growing and more vocal chorus of resentment from her own Conservative Party, whose MP Mark Francois said her deal was "as dead as a Dodo".

"Everything could happen", she admitted, adding only: "We would like to see everything settled as soon as possible". "Hammond, Rudd, Lidington, Gauke and Clark would all resign".

The EU approved the 585-page, legally binding document by consensus with no formal vote taken.

May will now embark on an intensive nationwide campaign to promote the deal with voters across the country and lawmakers in London. Ahead of us is the hard process of ratification as well as further negotiations.

Lifting the lid on her latest thinking, Mrs May said: "What we are looking at is how can we give reassurance to the people of Northern Ireland".

"Our duty as a Parliament over these coming weeks is to examine this deal in detail, to debate it respectfully, to listen to our constituents and decide what is in our national interest". "We will work with others to block a no deal outcome, and ensure that Labour's alternative plan for a sensible deal to bring the country together is on the table".

Mrs May spent over an hour answering questions before any MP spoke up in favour of the agreement that was signed off by the prime minister and the European Union yesterday. He told reporters that the deal was "the best possible", but the summit "is neither a time of jubilation nor of celebration".

"So it does not surprise me that they stand ready to rescue the deal with changes, such as removing the backstop". I want that to be a moment of renewal and reconciliation for our whole coutnry.

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