Theresa May is fighting to stay in power in the face of a reported coup, as a government minister warned MPs of a potential general election.
Ahead of an emergency cabinet meeting on Monday morning, senior ministers spent the weekend attempting to oust the prime minister, who clung on to power following meetings with prominent Brexiteer backbenchers including Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg and David Davis.
Ms May held “lengthy talks” with the MPs ahead of another crunch week in Westminster as the House of Commons tries to wrestle control of the Brexit process from the government.
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This is the key, cross-party plan backed by Sir Oliver Letwin, Dominic Grieve and Hilary Benn, which aims to pave the way for a series of indicative votes in the Commons on Wednesday, effectively taking control of the Brexit process out of the hands of the government.
Among the different amendments, this is deemed the most likely to pass and by far the most significant.
We have a series of votes this evening as MPs look to seize control of parliamentary business.
Lets go through all the amendments that are likely to to feature this afternoon:
Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright, Justice Secretary David Gauke, Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt arrived shortly afterwards.
So far no one has responded to reporters’ questions about the Prime Minister’s future.
The Independent‘s Chief Political Commentator, John Rentoul, says we need to prepare ourselves for a new prime minister:
As the Tory coup against the prime minister, her de-facto deputy, David Lidington, emerged as one of the likely candidates to replace her.
Former leader and pro-Brexit backbencher Iain Duncan Smith warned his party would not accept a “ghastly” scheme that places Mr Lidington in Number 10.
Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns also arrived, followed shortly afterwards by Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd.
International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said “Good morning” to reporters as he walked through the door of Number 10 at the same time as Larry the cat.
Political billboards have popped up across the UK, from Glasgow to Dover, thanks to anti-Brexit group Led By Donkeys.
Each board is emblazoned with a quote from a politician or public figure, taken from past speeches, interviews and social media.
“I’m not sure that there are many people in the House of Commons who would fancy that particular meeting with voters,” he told Today.
“It would unleash a torrent of pent-up frustration from voters and I think that the major parties will do what they can to avoid having to fight those European elections.
“There is nothing in politics like a little bit of self-interest to concentrate the minds, and I think, as we get towards that date, increasingly my colleagues will have to decide which of the limited options they want to follow.”
The Independent‘s Associate Editor, Sean O’Grady, has explained the costs if the UK crashes out of the EU without a deal:
He said Tory Eurosceptics had to accept that MPs would block a no-deal Brexit.
“For a lot of my colleagues, I think they still believe there is a route to no deal. I have come to the conclusion some time ago that was unlikely given the House of Commons that we have.
“I think we will see today that there is a mood in the House of Commons to stop us leaving without a deal, even if that means no Brexit. I think that is a constitutionally disastrous position.”
“What I was finding from real voters was people spontaneously saying ‘I don’t understand how Theresa May puts up with the pressure, she is a great public servant, her resilience is amazing’,” Dr Fox told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
“There seems to me to be a bigger disconnect now between Westminster and what is happening out in the country than ever before.”
Writing in The Times Red Box, Ms Perrior said:
Maybe it’s time to stop finding scapegoats and admit that Theresa May and her lack of leadership has made a bad situation worse.
With great sadness, it’s time for her to swap her departure date in return for the deal. It’s the least she can do.
Liam Fox has claimed that Meaningful Vote 3 will only take place “if we think we can win”.
International trade minister, Liam Fox, is speaking on the Today programme and says there is a possibility the UK will crash out of the EU with no deal.
He says it will “lead to a constitutional crisis” as parliament is not supportive of it.
She said Mr Watson was “an elected Member of Parliament so he is allowed to be rather more enthusiastic than me”.
Asked about party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s views, she said his job was to “desperately try to bring people together” from both sides of the Brexit divide.
Asked if Labour MPs would be given a free vote on the Brexit options, she said “we have to find a way to allow people to coalesce” but “we also are a democratic party and there was a conference motion last autumn and before that there was a general election manifesto” setting out party policy.
Shadow attorney general Baroness Chakrabarti said a second referendum had never been Labour’s preferred outcome.
Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson took part in the march of hundreds of thousands of people calling for a referendum at the weekend.
But Lady Chakrabarti told BBC Radio 4’s Today:
It has never been our preference but since last autumn it has been one of a menu of options for breaking the deadlock.
And if that’s what it takes to break a deadlock in Parliament then so be it.
I have no doubt that it will be one of a menu of options that MPs ought to be able to discuss and vote on this week.”
Here is what The Independent‘s Political Correspondent Ben Kentish has heard:
Theresa May has summoned her cabinet for an emergency meeting at 10am this morning, where she is expected to set out plans to give MPs a series of “indicative votes” on how to proceed if they refuse to approve her Brexit deal.
No10 will put forward its own proposal in a bid to stop the Commons passing a backbench amendment that would pave they way for parliament to seize control and hold its own indicative votes on Wednesday.
Cabinet ministers have been invited to view new documents at 9am. These are rumoured to be the options that MPs will be asked to vote on, as well as new concessions on the backstop that are designed to win over the DUP’s support.
The Independent‘s Political Correspondent Ben Kentish understands cabinet ministers have been invited to view “new documents” this morning ahead of an emergency cabinet meeting.
Interesting development as Robert Peston, ITV’s Political Editor, reports that Theresa May has told Brexiteers she will step down if they back her Brexit deal.
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Brexit secretary Steve Barclay warned the risk of a general election would increase if MPs took control of parliamentary proceedings and brought about a “constitutional collision”.
The House of Commons will tonight vote on an amendment which would force a series of indicative votes on alternatives to the prime minister’s Brexit deal.
Defeat for the government tonight would be a further humiliation for Ms May and would pave the way for MPs to effectively taking control of the Brexit process.
Chancellor Philip Hammond said “one way or another” MPs would be given the opportunity this week to decide what Parliament is in favour of, but did no confirm whether Tories would be given a free vote on the options.
Elsewhere, Mr Johnson claimed in The Telegraph the government had “chickened out” of delivering Brexit and told Ms May to set out “convincing proofs” of how the next phase of the negotiations will be different from the last to win support for her deal.
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