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May appoints new Brexit secretary

May appoints new Brexit secretary

The Prime Minister has vowed to push a draft Brexit plan through the British Parliament, but her opponents say they're nearly ready to launch a no-confidence motion in her. "If we accept that, it will severely prejudice the second phase of negotiations against the United Kingdom", the British negotiator said while telling the Prime Minister that she deserves a British Secretary "who can make the case for the deal you are pursuing with conviction".

He added: "I think that whatever deal, when we see various different organisations and groups talk about different ways of leaving the EU - Norway, Canada, all of these things - what we have to be clear about.is all of those require a backstop".

The development comes after Dominic Raab resigned from the post over the Brexit draft deal.

The Environment Secretary, who stepped back from the brink of resignation yesterday (Friday), will meet Andrea Leadsom, Chris Grayling, Penny Mordaunt and Liam Fox over the next two days to agree the terms of their ultimatum.

As it stands, the draft agreement sees Britain leaving the European Union as planned on March 29 but remaining inside the bloc's single market and bound by its rules until the end of December 2020.

The drive began with a LBC phone-in in which she insisted she was "bringing back what I believe to be the best deal for Britain".

Michael Gove and four other Eurosceptic Cabinet ministers will try to force Theresa May into a last-minute change to the Brexit deal as the price for withdrawing their threats to resign.

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"This idea that now after two years of negotiation, somehow four or five cabinet ministers can negotiate a different outcome and agree it themselves, and then expect the European Union to just sign up to that, I just think it's not living in the real world", Coveney told a podcast recorded by the Irish Times at his Fine Gael party's annual conference.

Ringleaders were hoping the 48 signatures needed to trigger the vote will be reached this weekend. Britain had voted in favour of Brexit in a referendum in June 2016, which led to the triggering of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to set the clock on the country's formal exit from the 28-member bloc by March 29, 2019.

"What's happened is people have been ringing me and telling me that they are putting their letters in ... and I think we're probably not far off", said Baker, a key figure in the Brexit-backing wing of May's party. So far, more than 20 lawmakers have publicly said they submitted such letters.

According to the BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg, the group of ministers want a change in the text to include the possibilities of new technology or a free trade deal as alternative solutions to the Irish border issue.

What happens if parliament votes down Theresa May's Brexit deal?

May's de facto deputy, David Lidington, said she would win a vote of no confidence, in which she would need a simple majority of the total votes cast by her lawmakers. "It would be to take a path of deep and grave uncertainty when the British people just want us to get on with it". But winning a leadership vote could strengthen her position, because the rules say she can't be challenged again for a year.

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