Cabinet ministers including Chris Grayling, Gavin Williamson and Liam Fox insisted that the talks with the Labour leader were damaging the party. In yet another blow to the Prime Minister, chairman of the 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady informed the Prime Minister that MPs want Mrs May to name a date for her departure according to the Daily Telegraph. In defence of the talks, Mrs May argued that despite Cabinet’s opinion, the Government had “to govern in the national interest”.
An official spokesman for the Prime Minister said: “The Prime Minister said discussions with Labour had been serious but had also been difficult in some areas, such as in relation to the timetable for the negotiations.
“The Prime Minister said the Government’s position was that progress needed to be made urgently as it was vital to deliver on the result of the referendum and for the UK to leave the European Union as soon as possible.”
Home Secretary, Sajid Javid apparently warned Mrs May that negotiation between the two parties should not “tie the hand” of future Governments.
The talks between the Labour leader and Mrs May have so provided nothing to progress the current Brexit impasse.
Moreover, Mrs May has also accused Labour of dragging its Brexit talks, while Mr Corbyn has argued that the government was just “regurgitating” their current plan.
Mr Corbyn has recently argued that the Government is so far, not moving on a from a deal that has already been rejected three times.
Following the dire mood of the current talks, Mrs May reportedly told Cabinet on Tuesday that while talks were “serious” with the opposition, they had so far not reached a conclusion.
Mr Corbyn recently said: “We will continue putting our case but quite honestly there has got to be a change in the Government’s approach.
“They cannot keep on just regurgitating what has already been emphatically rejected three times by Parliament.
“There has got to be a change. We have a window of opportunity to bring about that change. I hope the Government recognises that… and makes the most of it.”
The news of Cabinet pressure on the Prime Minister comes as reports have emerged that Mrs May well bring her Withdrawal bill back to MPs next week.
While she is currently going to break the deadlock, joint executive secretary for the 1922 Committee, Nigel Evans insisted that an election for a new leader “can’t start soon enough”.
He told the Today programme: “To be honest, I would be delighted if she announced today she was announcing her resignation and we could then have an orderly election to choose a new leader of the Conservative party.”
Published at Tue, 23 Apr 2019 23:05:00 +0000