Rees-Mogg launches bid to put brakes on May’s Chequers Brexit plans

EPA  ParliamentBoris Johnson is in the firing line from pro-Brexiteers like MP Andrew Brigden

At a meeting with Conservative lawmakers on Monday, she was cheered and applauded by many, having warned them that internal squabbling could pave the way for socialist opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn to take power instead.

After President Trump said he still wanted to meet with Boris Johnson - May's former Cabinet colleague who resigned his position Monday with a scathing letter making clear his objections to her Brexit plan - U.S. Ambassador Woody Johnson said he'd work to facilitate the meeting.

European Union officials say they will respond to the proposals once they have seen details.

Defence Secretary and South Staffordshire MP Gavin Williamson said: "The Prime Minister is putting her best foot forward in making sure we get the best deal with the EU".

Seemingly undeterred by the risk to May, Rees-Mogg insists: "Unfortunately Chequers was a breakdown in trust". Brexit means Brexit, of course.

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Bridgen then called the prime minister's promises regarding Brexit negotiations a "pretence and a charade".

Other industry experts were quick to voice their concerns about the sheer number of housing ministers. "Will she stick to her earlier words?" "We're now going through two housing ministers a year".

Lord Hague, who despite being a Eurosceptic backed a Remain vote in the 2016 referendum, said that if MPs voted down the UK's final deal with the European Union, "that's the point at which they're going to endanger everything they're trying to achieve".

"The referendum was likewise a legitimate decision by people who had participated in the debate and we had a turnout that was higher than any General Election since 1992; people were interested and engaged".

The Labour leader said the Chequers agreement "stands as a shattered truce, a sticking plaster over the Cabinet's cracks in this Government" as he described the Government as in "crisis" after the resignations of Boris Johnson and David Davis.

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"I think if the prime minister makes further concessions with the European Union then there will no doubt be more resignations from Brexiteers in the Cabinet, from junior ministers to PPSs, because there is only so much that you can give in a negotiation", she told BBC2's Newsnight. It would be triggered if 15 percent of MPs in May's Conservative Party write a letter to the chairman of the party's "1922 committee".

It is unlikely that Brexit campaigners have the numbers to win a vote of confidence against May, triggering a leadership contest. "It is the last thing we need. We are supporting Theresa for PM".

With numbers tight in the Commons, the prime minister - who relies on Northern Ireland's DUP to win key votes - would be vulnerable to any rebellion among Eurosceptic MPs as she tries to pass key laws needed for Brexit preparation.

He said: "There is the fairly obvious point, how come the British electorate were too stupid to know how they were voting between a first and second referendum".

The ex-MP said there was a "plan" to curtail the role of the Brexit department.

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Brexiteer ministers are this afternoon, I'm told, still trying to get "edits" to the final White Paper, the souped-up version of the Chequers plan.

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