UK Government On Verge Of Collapse Days Before Trump's Visit

From left U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Donald Trump at the G-7 summit 

From left U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Donald Trump at the G-7 summit 

The peaceful surroundings could not hide the tension among many participants in this extraordinary meeting that was aimed at rallying the entire Cabinet around Theresa May's new Brexit negotiations plan.

Mr Rees-Mogg, who chairs the European Research Group of Tory Eurosceptics, said Mrs May would have to U-turn on her plans or rely on Labour votes to force them through Parliament.

Tusk is a previously served as Prime Minister of Poland from 2007 to 2014 and was a co-founder and chairman of the Civic Platform political party.

Government unity began to fray within hours.

To some critics, the abrupt departures reinforce criticism that the government has no idea about how to actually achieve Brexit.

But that two-year delay in spelling out any kind of coherent position is simply inexcusable.

Theresa May must demonstrate her authority over those who are putting their nationalistic and xenophobic tendencies above the genuine interests of their country.

The 1922 Committee is made up of Conservative backbench MPs.

The departures, hailed by eurosceptic MPs in the ruling Conservative party, triggered speculation that May could face an imminent leadership contest. Hardcore Brexiteers, not surprisingly, suspect that, even before serious negotiations with Brussels have commenced, the British government is making concessions that go against their interpretation of what the British people voted for in June 2016.

Mr Coveney also urged the EU to "accommodate" Britain in so far as is possible; without threatening the Single Market or the Customs Union. Scotland, of course, voted for none of these things.

However the plans released on Friday were only a curtain-raiser ahead of tomorrow's White Paper and most European Union capitals say it largely amounts to cherry-picking elements of the Single Market.


It is also horrendously complicated and, of course, it excludes provision for services, which account for nearly 80 per cent of the Scottish economy, and a similar proportion of the United Kingdom economy as a whole.

Johnson reportedly compared the promotion of the plan to "polishing a turd".

After he was invited previous year, more than 1.86 million people signed a petition saying Trump should not be given a state visit because it could embarrass the queen and thousands of police will also be on duty with large protests expected.

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.

"I like Boris Johnson, I've always liked him".

"But I come back to this point, if people don't like this proposal what is their alternative?"

That is supported by practically all mainstream economic analysis.

Caulfield said in her resignation letter that "I cannot support the direction of travel in the Brexit negotiations, which in my view do not fully embrace the opportunities that Brexit can provide".

Although those close to Prime Minister May have tried to lessen the humiliation for the government by dismissing questions about her future, Widdecombe believes she will survive - for now.

Mr Trump insisted he got along "very well" with Mrs May - but he also described Mr Johnson as a "friend of mine".

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