0 Have your say A Tory MP told the Chancellor “up yours” live on national radio and another described himself as a ‘hardman’ as simmering tensions among MPs boiled over following the Commons Brexit votes. Mark Francois issued the blunt message to Philip Hammond, who he accused of leading a Cabinet faction who “attempted to stop us leaving the European Union”. The Brexiteer backbencher made the comment after MPs in favour of the UK remaining in a customs union as an alternative to the Prime Minister’s deal narrowly lost an indicative vote.READ MORE: Letters: SNP’s “hard Brexit” hypocrisyMr Francois told the BBC: “This evening was an attempted coup in the House of Commons by MPs against the people was defeated.“A number of members of the Cabinet led by Philip Hammond, utterly in cahoots with backbenchers across the house, attempted to stop us leaving the European Union.”The member of … [Read more...] about Brexit: Tory MP tells Chancellor ‘up yours’ as tempers flare
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0 Have your say The EU’s position on a new fisheries deal with the UK is “deeply troubling”, according to a Scottish Conservative MP who plans to vote against Theresa May’s deal. As leaders of the remaining 27 EU nations endorsed the Brexit deal at a meeting in Brussels, a document was published from the group stating a new fisheries agreement was a matter of priority “and should build on, inter alia, existing reciprocal access and quota shares”.Aberdeen South MP Ross Thomson said it suggested the EU wanted to maintain the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) which has been unpopular with Scotland’s fishermen because of restrictions and shared access to waters.The Prime Minister said her deal “sets us free of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) for good and forever” but Mr Thomson said the EU was trying to maintain the “damaging” CFP.He told BBC Sunday Politics Scotland: “That (EU statement) does … [Read more...] about BREXIT: Tory MP Ross Thomson labels EU fishing deal ‘deeply troubling’
News / UK and world by Press Association November 15, 2018, 4:19 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter A flurry of Tory MPs – including European Research Group chairman Jacob Rees-Mogg – have said they have lost confidence in Theresa May. Here’s how a Tory leadership contest could unfold: – How would it begin? To trigger a vote of no confidence, 15% of Tory MPs – 48 in total – must write to the chairman of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady. – How many have sent letters so far? It is impossible to say for certain, as Sir Graham keeps the actual number a closely guarded secret. But ERG MPs believe it to be very close to the 48 required. Mr Rees-Mogg said that he believed the necessary letters would be submitted, but declined to put a time frame on the process. – What if they do reach the 15% threshold? A vote would be held among Tory MPs. Mrs May … [Read more...] about Could Theresa May be shown the door by Tory MPs?
David Mundell has refused to be "bounced" into resigning as Scottish Secretary as a Scottish Tory MP urged him to quit over the Brexit deal posing a threat to the Union. In a WhatsApp message to the Scottish Secretary, Ross Thomson said "no Unionist" could support the agreement's special arrangements for Northern Ireland. The Aberdeen South MP and hard-line Brexiteer said he was asking Mr Mundell "in the gentlest and strongest terms" to follow Brexit secretary Dominic Raab in quitting the cabinet. But a defiant Mr Mundell accused Mr Raab of being a "carpetbagger" on the Union after the Brexit Secretary's resignation letter said the deal threatens the UK's "integrity". Mr Mundell said Mr Raab... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for free … [Read more...] about Scottish Tory MP urges David Mundell to quit over Union ‘threat’ in Brexit deal
Theresa May has persuaded David Mundell to swing behind her Brexit deal rather than resign after furious Scottish Tory MPs warned it threatened the Union. Amid strong speculation he was considering quitting, the Scottish Secretary emerged from a marathon emergency Cabinet meeting to say he was "satisfied" with the agreement. Mr Mundell said he had been assured that special arrangements for Northern Ireland would not "undermine the economic or constitutional integrity of the UK." He also said that the UK will become an "independent coastal state" in fisheries negotiations after the transition period ends in December 2020. Mr Mundell was last night starting the task of trying to win over his dozen... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for free … [Read more...] about David Mundell backs Theresa May’s Brexit deal but angry Scottish Tory MPs warn of Union threat