Opposition from MPs and the resignations of Dominic Raab and Esther McVey are putting pressure on Theresa May, as she’s fighting to defend the Brexit deal reached with the EU.
The Prime Minister faced opposition and backlash from a number of MPs during the Prime Minister’s Question session on Wednesday, 14 November, as many members from all political parties are sceptical or hostile to the 585-pages draft.
The resignation of Brexit Secretary, Dominic Raab, and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey, in protest of the deal arranged by the Prime Minister and the EU, further emphasised the instability of the UK current political environment.
Even pro-Brexit Cabinet members, such as Andrea Leadsom, argued there’s still room for improvement in terms of the deal.
Lord Kerr of Kinlochard, who wrote Article 50 which was used to trigger the UK’s exit from the European Union, said it is wrong to think leaving would result in a richer country.
“It is working against the British Government now and the reason for that is because the British Government did not decide, when it started the process, where it wanted to end,” Kerr said. “The Prime Minister has managed to keep her cabinet by not declaring what is the final relation that we are going to have with EU in her views.”
With all the criticism Mrs May has been dealing with, many believe her position as PM is under threat, as MPs, such as Steve Baker, sent letters of no confidence in Theresa May to the 1922 Committee.
If 15% of the party’s MPs hand in letters, this could trigger a formal confidence vote against the Prime Minister and her post as leader of the Conservative party. Currently, only 25 letter announcements have been made public.
Theresa May is set to visit Brussels this week to finalise her Brexit plan with the EU leaders.