December 19, 2018

Brexit – live: Tory MP says ‘we stand at the bar of history today’, as Theresa May braces for no-confidence vote challenge

Theresa May will today attempt to rally support behind her Brexit agreement among businesses today as Conservative MPs continue to threaten a vote of no confidence in the prime minister.

In what could be a dangerous few days for Ms May’s premiership, all eyes will be on Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 committee of Conservative MPs – only he will know if the number of required letters (48) is reached.

“This is absolutely the say at which we stand at the bar of history on this,” said Simon Clark – a Conservative MP who has fired off a letter of no confidence to Sir Graham. “It is quite clear to me that the captain is driving the ship at the rocks.”

Theresa May faces defeat over plan to force release of economic analysis of her Brexit plans

Theresa May faces an embarrassing defeat over plans to force her into publishing data comparing Britain’s economic prospects under her Brexit deal to staying in the EU.

Eleven Conservatives – including Jo Johnson, who resigned as a minister last week – have publicly signed up to the cross-party push, with the rebellion set to grow if it comes to a vote on Monday.

The prime minister has so far refused to commit to releasing the analysis, which is likely to underline how remaining in the EU would deliver a more prosperous future for the country.

Welcome to The Independent’s politics liveblog – where we will be bringing you the latest updates from Westminster.


Stories regarding Theresa May’s future as prime minister are dominating the news bulletins this morning once more, with reports that the 48 letters of no confidence required to trigger a vote is perilously close.


Speaking this morning on Radio 4, Simon Clarke, one Tory MP who publicly said he has submitted a letter of no confidence to the 1922 committee of backbench Conservative MPs, said: “It is quite clear to me that the captain is driving the ship at the rocks.”





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