Brexit limbo points to election misery for Tories

Brexit limbo points to election misery for Tories

Theresa May has been engaging in talks with the Labour Party since her Brexit withdrawal deal was rejected for the third time in Parliament in an attempt to break the deadlock.

Talks at the Cabinet Office involved Mrs May's effective deputy David Lidington, Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay and chief whip Julian Smith on the Government side, and shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer, shadow chancellor John McDonnell, along with shadow cabinet ministers Rebecca Long-Bailey and Sue Hayman for Labour.

But with time running out, few at Westminster believe that will be possible and the prospect of fighting elections against Nigel Farage's Brexit party is infuriating Tory MPs.

He added: "They said they would honour the referendum result".

He said: "I hope she does accept the fact the call for her resignation now is growing into a clamour".

Before the Easter recess, the prime minister urged MPs to "reflect on the decisions that will have to be made swiftly on our return".

Speaking to BBC News, Mr Johnson said: "From the way I read the tea leaves, that's going to be more challenging to get control of your own trade policy if you're still in the European Union as you are now.

In remarks that betray the loss of obviously conservative figures away from the increasingly centrist Tory party, the former party leader said: "[Widdecombe is] incredibly popular among grassroots Conservatives and I also think she's pretty popular among the public...

"The idea somehow that some new, fresh leader with extraordinary charm and nimble feet would be able to suddenly get the deal across the line is mistaken".

Having survived an internal no-confidence vote in December, May is technically safe from another challenge for a year.

More than 800 of the party's most senior members, including the heads of the local associations, will take part in the vote.

Ex-Brexit secretary Dominic Raab was second with 14.7%, according to the poll of 1,128 panel members by the Conservative Home website.

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