Theresa May faces guerilla tactics from Brexit rebels

Theresa May was jeered in the Commons when she thanked her outgoing ministers for their hard work

Theresa May was jeered in the Commons when she thanked her outgoing ministers for their hard work Getty Images

May's government was rocked Monday by the resignations of Johnson and Brexit Secretary David Davis.

In a message on Twitter afterwards, Mrs May hailed a productive gathering ahead of a busy week.

In a tweet clearly created to show she was not being knocked off course, Mrs May said: "Productive Cabinet meeting this morning - looking ahead to a busy week".

Le Figaro, the conservative French broadsheet, says the prime minister has been "destabilised by a pro-Brexit revolt", although the inside editorial points out the "mutiny is far from having been won".

The Mansfield MP wrote: 'Being tied to European Union regulations and the European Union tying our hands when seeking to make new trade agreements will be the worst of all worlds.

With numbers tight in the Commons, the prime minister - who relies on Northern Ireland's DUP to win key votes - would be vulnerable to any rebellion among Eurosceptic MPs as she tries to pass key laws needed for Brexit preparation.

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Mr Davis told talkRadio's Julia Hartley-Brewer: "I think the version she is putting forward both in terms of policy and tactics, they are not the ones I would have put forward that is for sure".

He stated that the current direction of Brexit policy would leave the United Kingdom in "at best a weak negotiating position, and possibly an inescapable one".

The ex-MP said there was a "plan" to curtail the role of the Brexit department.

Speaking to James Whale on talkRADIO, he said: "Frankly, what came out of Chequers was a complete betrayal not just in the way people voted in the referendum but how they voted in the general election".

Mrs May appears to have stemmed the tide of high-profile resignations, with senior ministers voicing their support for the PM.

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International Trade Secretary Liam Fox shook his head and mouth the word No when reporters asked him on his way out of cabinet whether he was about to quit.

Speaking at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Mrs May insisted that her Chequers deal delivered on the "red lines" which she set out in her Lancaster House speech a year ago.

May's proposals for a "common rulebook" on goods "hands control of large swathes of our economy to the EU", he said.

They were announced less than an hour before Mrs May was due to face the press alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel at an global summit in London.

Her spokesman said she had welcomed the new members of her cabinet and they had discussed the publication of a white paper policy document on Britain's future ties with the European Union and stepping up preparations for any no-deal outcome to the negotiations with Brussels.

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"We need to see whether the taskforce can accommodate some of the British thinking", he said. It is a good thing we have a proposal on the table'.

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