May attempts to woo openly hostile Brexiters at Chequers

One hardliner accuses PM of trying to ‘butter up the butterable’ ahead of key Brexit bills

Theresa May summoned several pro-leave Tory MPs to Chequers on Friday, just after president Trump’s departure, as she embarked on a charm offensive aimed at avoiding embarrassing defeats in two key Brexit bills next week.

With a vocal section of the Conservative party in open revolt over Thursday’s white paper on the future relationship with the European Union, the prime minister is holding private meetings with backbenchers to try to win their support.

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