Published: Sun, December 16, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Tory feuding continues despite Theresa May’s ballot victory

Tory feuding continues despite Theresa May’s ballot victory

Theresa May is still the leader of the Conservative party in Britain, having officially retained the overall confidence of the Tory party following a tense inter-party standoff on Wednesday.

"The Chancellor of the Exchequer, I wouldn't worry about what he says, because Treasury forecasts are always wrong and they make them up for their political ends". Now would be a good time to stop.

"The prime minister has lost her majority in parliament, her government is in chaos and she is unable to deliver a Brexit deal that works for the country and puts jobs and the economy first".

And DUP leader Arlene Foster, who met Mrs May shortly before the ballot, insisted that "tinkering around the edges" of the agreement would not be enough to win her party's support for the deal.

Rees-Mogg and other eurosceptics hate the divorce deal May agreed with the European Union last month, which they fear risks tying Britain to the bloc for years after Brexit on March 29.

Ministers lined up to express loyalty to May, who was due to speak from her Downing Street home.

The Tory backbencher replied: "No, I think this vote is so much better than could have been expected".

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But leading Brexit rebel Jacob Rees-Mogg, one of at least 48 Tory MPs who triggered the vote by writing a letter of no confidence in May, said it was a "terrible result".

Mr Rees-Mogg led the charge to oust Mrs May - and despite the vote, he told LBC nothing had changed.

May was facing challenges from within her own party, as well as her coalition partners, the Democratic Unionist Party, who disagreed with the Northern Irish backstop, and the customs and trading arrangements set out in the withdrawal agreement.

There were appeals for unity and calm from supporters of the Prime Minister. Votes against them, letters going in late - nothing matters to ERG.

Aside from the above, there's also the distinct possibility of having a Brexiteer Tory prime minister in charge or even a no-deal Brexit to follow and those two outcomes are possibly the worst ones for the pound.

Mrs May's former policy adviser George Freeman said there was no hope of long-term survival for any Tory leader taking the country through Brexit.

She went on: "I think the ERG is now out of the picture".

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