LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May says she sees no substitute for the Brexit deal she presented the 2009 week, amid reports that a few of her senior ministers want her to renegotiate the draft agreement before meeting EU leaders next weekend.
“You cannot find any alternative anticipate the table. There is no different approach that any of us could are in agreement with the EU,” May wrote in a article to your Sun on Sunday newspaper.
“If MPs (legislators) reject the sale, they will you need to us to where you started. This means more division, more uncertainty in addition to a failure to give on the vote of the British people,” she added.
Just hours after announcing on Wednesday that her senior ministers had collectively backed her divorce deal, May was thrust into her premiership’s most perilous crisis when Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab resigned on Thursday to oppose the agreement.
Other mutinous lawmakers in their own party have openly spoken of ousting her and said the Brexit deal wouldn’t pass parliament.
Brexit supporters the transitional deal risks leaving Britain governed by EU rules for any indefinite period.
On Saturday Andrea Leadsom, the minister responsible for government business in parliament, told the BBC that he was supporting May but had not been fully very happy with the offer.
“I believe there’s still the wide ranging to enhance the clarification is undoubtedly a few of the measures inside it and that’s what I’m seeking to have the capacity to benefit,” she said.
Ireland’s foreign minister, Simon Coveney, said on Saturday that British pro-Brexit ministers were “not currently in the true world” once they thought they can renegotiate divorce treaty agreed together with the EU yesterday.
Several British newspapers had reported that Leadsom was utilizing four other senior ministers and Brexit enthusiasts – Michael Gove, Liam Fox, Chris Grayling and Penny Mordaunt – to pressure May to switch the sale.
Mordaunt, Raab, and five other top Conservatives – former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Raab’s predecessor David Davis, Interior Minister Sajid Javid, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, and Work and Pensions Minister Amber Rudd – are usually “actively preparing” leadership campaigns, the Sunday Times said.
More than 20 Conservative lawmakers wrote to call for May to look, and also a total 48 requests are needed to trigger a leadership contest.
The Sunday Times also reported Britain’s army were being ordered to raise contingency offers help police maintain public order in case of food and medicine shortages after having a “no deal” Brexit, citing an unnamed “well-placed army source.”
(Reporting by David Milliken; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)