Theresa May hit by new Brexit resignation

Alicia Cross
December 2, 2018

Ex-Universities and Science Minister Sam Gyimah likens the agreement to a soccer match where the opposing team is the both referee and rule-maker.

This is a debate about looking ahead to the vote which is taking place on December 11.

She also rejected calls for either a second referendum on Brexit or to delay Britain's departure if the deal is rejected in the December 11 vote.

In a bid to prevent a no-deal exit, Labour's Hilary Benn has tabled an amendment to the Government Brexit motion with cross-party support including prominent Tory Sarah Wollaston.

The agreement endorsed by European Union leaders last weekend includes the legally binding terms of the U.K.'s departure and an ambitious but vague declaration on future relations.

She said: "I am going to be explaining why I think this deal is the right deal for the United Kingdom - and yes, I am ready to debate it with Jeremy Corbyn".

Speaking as she travelled to the G20 economic summit in Argentina, the PM said: "A divided country is not a country that prospers". Leaders from the Group of 20 industrialized nations are meeting in Buenos Aires.

Gyimah is the seventh member of May's Conservative government to quit over the Brexit deal.

"A big hit on our economy will mean an increase in local poverty, fewer resources locally to plan and deliver our services, no structured programme to support our local economies and real threats to all aspects of our import and export trade", she said.

Prime Minister’s Questions
Jeremy Corbyn has yet to confirm if he will take part in the debate

"In the fullness of time, the public will wake up to what this so-called deal entails; neither leave nor remain voters will be pleased with a deal that leaves us poorer, less secure and weaker in the pursuit of our national interests". I've got a deal which delivers for the British people.

Trade Minister Liam Fox said May's attempts to win over Britons by touring the country to sell her deal was working.

On Saturday the Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe urged May to do everything she could to avoid a no-deal Brexit, suggesting that investors from Japan need predictability and stability.

Japanese automakers Honda and Nissan have warned that new tariffs or other trade barriers with the European Union would damage their competitiveness of their British factories, which employ thousands of people.

Dr Fox said he refuses to criticise his neighbouring MPs across the South West who aren't backing the deal.

She added: "The view I have had from farmers, employers and sector organisations and others in my trips around the country is that they recognise the importance of this deal and they support this deal".

Brexiteers have accused the government of betraying the 2016 referendum, as the deal could see the United Kingdom locked in the EU customs union long after the article 50 deadline.

In his speech he is also due to make an appeal for unity and a healing of political divisions over the referendum result, adding: "In politics we can not always have the luxury of doing what we want for ourselves, but we have an abiding duty to do what is right for our country". The Bank of England warned this week that a no-deal Brexit would plunge Britain into a severe recession.

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