Posts Tagged ‘Conservatives’

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn clash at PMQs – Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments, including Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs and May’s evidence to the Commons liaison committee

Ian Blackford, the SNP leader at Wesminster, used his two questions to ask about Brexit. Here is an account of the exchanges from the PoliticsHome live blog.

SNP Westminster boss Ian Blackford says the PM caved into her Brexiteer MPs on Monday - while the PM tries to laugh it off.

He says the PM has put her party interest before those of the country and ask if the events this week make a no deal more likely.

Harriet Harman, the Labour MP, says last night’s shambles should make it clear pairing is not the answer for MPs having babies. Will May let MPs vote on the proxy voting proposals.

May says the breaking of a pair last night “was done in error and was not good enough”. She say Brandon Lewis and Julian Smith, the chief whip, have both apologised. The government is looking carefully at the procedure committee’s report, she says.

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Tory Anna Soubry calls for unity government to manage Brexit

MP attacks party whips’ threats against Theresa May and says PM has lost control

Conservative party whips threatened rebels with a vote of no confidence in the prime minister and a general election in order to push through a vital bill, a Tory MP has claimed, as she called for a cross-party “government of national unity” to be brought in to handle Brexit.

Anna Soubry said the whipping operation during Brexit votes in the Commons on Tuesday evening was an “appalling spectacle” and Theresa May had lost control of the party.

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May sees off rebellion on customs union as amendment is defeated

Narrow Commons win for government follows earlier loss on medicines regulation

Theresa May saw off a damaging Commons rebellion on Tuesday as Conservative remainers lost a high-stakes vote on the customs union, giving the prime minister some much-needed breathing space on Brexit before the summer break.

She avoided all-out Tory civil war and the wrath of the Eurosceptic wing of her party, which had threatened to launch a leadership challenge, when MPs defeated the proposal by six votes.

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Peter Schrank on Theresa May and the pressure over Brexit – cartoon

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Bullied MPs just lie back and think of saving Theresa May | John Crace

Deep down, prime minister must wish someone would press her control-alt-delete keys to crash her entirely

With the government having reluctantly come to the conclusion that it was probably a better look to hang around and go through the motions of doing a bit of work rather than bunk off on hols a few days early while the country fell apart, the Commons eventually got round to debating the third reading of the trade bill. Though not for very long, obviously. After all, it wasn’t as if it contained anything of great importance. It was only Brexit.

Ken Clarke kicked things off with a point of order complaining about the limited amount of time the government had allocated to such significant legislation. Anyone would think it didn’t want parliament to have much of a say.

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The Guardian view on Theresa May and Brexit: she is failing to govern | Editorial

The prime minister no longer controls the House of Commons on the biggest issue facing Britain. Something has to give

Theresa May’s weakening grip on parliament over Brexit has been humiliatingly exposed over the past 10 days. Her Chequers deal and the Brexit white paper, which were intended to unite the Conservative party behind a compromise negotiating position, have succeeded only in dividing it more than before. On Monday on the customs bill, in which she capitulated to the leavers, and again on Tuesday on the trade bill, when she squeaked home against the remainers by 307-301, a political life-saver, while losing a separate vote to them, Mrs May was the plaything of the Tory factions. Her initial response, a now abandoned attempt to cut the parliamentary session short, was close to admitting that, on the most important issue facing Britain, Mrs May is barely capable of governing.

Her wider failure has two deep underlying causes. The first was the referendum vote of 2016 to leave the European Union, which she is committed to implementing. The second, and equally potent, cause was the loss of her parliamentary majority in the 2017 general election, which makes implementation even more difficult. It is not possible to understand the crisis that is battering Mrs May’s government this week without appreciating the very particular toxicity of the combination of the two together.

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How can the Brexit stalemate be broken?

From ‘keep buggering on’ to a second referendum, it may be the ticking clock of the article 50 deadline that decides

It was obvious from the morning of 9 June 2017, when Theresa May woke up to find the electorate had stripped her of her majority, that crafting a Brexit that could win support in parliament as well as in Brussels would be a formidable challenge.

Over the ensuing 12 months or so, the prime minister has been masterful in postponing the inevitable moment of reckoning within her party – but the row about how closely Britain should cleave to the EU after March 2019 is now being fought in Westminster.

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