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Brexit backlash a mere blip compared to what is coming for main parties
Labour and the Conservatives have been hit by a Brexit backlash, while the Liberal Democrats, Greens and independents are enjoying a Brexit bounce.
The Prime Minister has been urged to ditch Brexit talks with Labour and move to indicative votes by Cabinet Ministers.
Chancellor Philip Hammond is said to be among those who have lost faith with the plan to strike a cross-party deal, which the Times reports he believes is a “false premise”.
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And her husband Philip May is said to be seeking a “dignified exit” for his wife, having been her “rock”, encouraging her to hold out against calls for her to go for many months.
Independents break Labour control of Bolsover stronghold
Ross Walker is the new face of British politics. The 48-year-old bricklayer is at the head of a tide of Independents that overturned Labour control of Bolsover district council for the first time in 40 years, in one of the most striking gains for insurgents in England’s local elections. Mr Walker spent Friday in a daze, close to tears, after a stunning result saw Labour lose 14 seats in the former mining area in Derbyshire as voters voiced their frustration with both the opposition party and the ruling Conservatives — mostly over Brexit. “I will repay the faith of the voters.
Cabinet Ministers who want her to move to Plan B are understood to include DWP Secretary Amber Rudd, Justice Secretary David Gauke and Business Secretary Greg Clarke.
Mr Hammond’s parliamentary aide Hugh Merriman, who supports another referednum as a way of carrying out Brexit, told BBC Radio 4 Westminster Hour his party will do badly in the European Parliament elections later this month.
A new Brexit divide is driving the UK to a second vote
There is a new division in British politics. The key split may no longer be between Remainers and Leavers. It is now between the purists and the pragmatists ; between those who believe Brexit is going to change everything and those who are still trying to get back to business as usual; between those who still believe there is some kind of Brexit fix and those who do not want to find one. On one side we have the leaderships of the two main parties, both of which are battling their own members and MPs to cobble together a Brexit compromise in the flawed belief that this will allow them to move on to other issues.
He told Carolyn Quinn: “The public will blame the Conservative Government because we were the party that brought forward the referendum. And so for those that didn’t want it and wanted Remain they’ll blame us for having tried to take us out.
“And for those that voted to leave they’ll blame us for having not got the country out of the EU. We’re at the perfect storm so yes I think we’ll get an absolute mauling.”
Education Secretary Damian Hinds expressed support for finding a “stable majority” by allowing MPs to vote on different options.
“If we can’t do a deal with Labour we need to throw pour weight behind indicative votes,” a Government source said, adding moves to step up no-deal planning would be resisted.
The conditions are ripe for the biggest Brexit backlash imaginable
On an unseasonably chilly May afternoon, Nigel Farage looks out at the rows of empty seats at Fylde AFC, a Lancashire football club, the site of the latest of his Brexit Party rallies (eight and counting). He knows the stands will soon be filled with over 1,600 paying punters who will come to cheer, to jeer and to hear not only from the man himself - now nothing short of a political folk hero - but a full slate of Brexit Party candidates, including Ann Widdecombe, a Tory of five decades' standing. © Getty Britain in 2019 is a petri dish of populism and prime for a revolt Mr Farage is pleased with his latest signing.
“How can we campaign against the Brexit Party if their campaign for a no-deal Brexit is our contingency plan?
“Nothing better sums up the ludicrousness of our situation than that.”
The shift within the Conservatives appears to be matched by a hardening of the Labour Party stance, with Sir Keir Starmer warning up to 150 Labour MPs would reject a Brexit deal that fails to include a confirmatory referendum.
Sir Keir said he would not be afraid to pull the plug on talks as early as this week if Mrs May did not budge on her red lines, saying “I do think we do probably in the coming days need to make that assessment”.
The shadow Brexit secretary gave the warning that more than two-thirds of the party’s 229 MPs could reject a deal in his first major interview since talks with the Government began almost five weeks ago.
Gavin Williamson attacks PM’s Brexit talks with Labour as ‘grave mistake’
Former defence secretary Mr Williamson said pressing ahead with the talks will have ‘fatal’ consequences.
Speaking to the Guardian ahead of another meeting on Monday, Sir Keir said he doubted any agreement that was not set to be ratified by a public vote would pass through Parliament.
“A significant number of Labour MPs, probably 120 if not 150, would not back a deal if it hasn’t got a confirmatory vote,” he said.
“If the point of the exercise is to get a sustainable majority, over several weeks or months of delivering on the implementation, you can’t leave a confirmatory vote out of the package.
“I’ve made it clear that at this stage, at this 11th hour, any deal that comes through from this Government ought to be subject to the lock of a confirmatory vote.”
The issue of a confirmatory referendum has been an internal battleground within Labour ranks, with Sir Keir pushing for one but shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey, also part of the negotiating team, less keen.
But Sir Keir highlighted how the party lost 200 lost seats in this month’s council elections, which he said were a sign Labour was losing the trust of Remain as well as Leave voters.
With less than two weeks before the European elections, the shadow Brexit secretary urged Labour Remainers tempted to vote for the Lib Dems or Change UK that only Jeremy Corbyn’s party could deliver a fresh referendum.
Nigel Farage, Brexit’s Loudest Voice, Seizes Comeback Chance
CLACTON-ON-SEA, England — The campaign bus draws up and out steps a familiar figure in a smart suit and tie, who strides down the street, stopping at a pub, where he poses for pictures grinning with his pint, as he has done countless times before . Nigel Farage — Britain’s most famous and pugilistic populist — is back on the trail. Mr. Farage spent two decades promoting withdrawal from the European Union. When Britons voted for it in a 2016 referendum, and Prime Minister Theresa May and her Conservatives promised to see it through, he shifted his focus to media work, hosting a radio show and appearing on television news programs.
“There is concern in leave areas about whether some of our voters might vote for other parties, but I think there is an increasing concern that some of the Labour Remain voters might not vote Labour,” he said.
“It is very important that we learn those lessons.”
And on Sunday, Gavin Williamson described Mrs May’s Brexit talks with Labour as a “grave mistake”.
The former defence secretary, who was sacked over the Huawei leak, said pressing ahead with the talks will have “fatal” consequences.
Writing in the Mail on Sunday, he labelled Mrs May as “politically naive” for going into fruitless negotiations which he claimed were bound to fail.
The former Cabinet minister had estimated there were “up to 80” Labour rebels who want another referendum and predicted a “number of defeats”.
Urging Mrs May to ditch talks, he said: “The Prime Minister needs to recognise that futile efforts to pull off this Labour deal are damaging us all.
“It is a grave mistake for any Prime Minister to fail to recognise when a plan will not work and it is fatal to press on regardless.
“We need to accept that these talks with Labour are fruitless and that not only will they not deliver the Brexit that people voted for, they are a betrayal of the direct instructions the people gave us in 2016 and 2017.”
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Gallery: Brexit timeline (Photo Services)
April 14, 2015: Manifesto launch
Feb. 22, 2016: Referendum date announced
June 23, 2016: U.K. holds referendum
July 13, 2016: A new prime minister
Nov. 3, 2016: High Court passes judgement in Gina Miller case
March 29, 2017: May triggers Article 50
April 29, 2017: EU-27 leaders meet
June 8, 2017: General Election
June 19, 2017: First round of negotiations
Nov. 20, 2017: New headquarters for EU agencies
Feb. 28, 2018: Draft for withdrawal agreement published
March 29, 2018: May visits each U.K. nation
July 6, 2018: Cabinet meets at Chequers
July 9, 2018: David Davis and Boris Johnson resign
Aug. 23, 2018: No-deal notices
Sept. 19-20, 2018: Summit in Salzburg
Oct. 20, 2018: People’s Vote March takes place
Nov. 14, 2018: Terms of Withdrawal Agreement are negotiated
Nov. 15, 2018: Raab resigns
Nov. 22, 2018: May says deal within grasp
Dec. 10, 2018: May pulls final vote
Dec. 29, 2018: Ferry contract sparks concerns
Jan. 15, 2019: Meaningful Vote takes place
March 12, 2019: Second Meaningful Vote takes place
March 13-14, 2019: MPs rule out no-deal Brexit
March 16, 2019: Pro-Brexit march takes place
March 21, 2019: Extension dates offered
March 23, 2019: Put it to the People March takes place
March 27, 2019: May offers to resign
March 29, 2019: 'Brexit Day'
April 2, 2019: Alternatives dismissed in indicative voting
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