Theresa May concedes ECJ rule during Brexit transition

Theresa May concedes ECJ rule during Brexit transition

Divisions over the future of British Prime Minister Theresa May burst into the open on Friday with a former chairman of her party saying 30 Conservative members of parliament backed a plot to topple her.

Six months of Brexit negotiations have passed with little progress.

She said: 'I voted remain, I voted remain for good reasons at the time.

But Iain wouldn't accept that as an answer, firing back: "So you can't tell me that you would vote Leave now?"

The comments came after Theresa May's Florence speech when the UK Prime Minister claimed that the ball was in the UK's court.

Critics have accused the government of failing to prepare for a "no deal" Brexit, which would mean an end to tariff-free trade with the EU.

She also said her government had no intention of revoking Article 50, which triggered the Brexit talks in March this year, and stopping Britain's departure.

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But a lack of progress in talks some 15 months after Britain voted to leave the European Union in a referendum has added pressure on May, who was criticized by the opposition for failing to offer any clarity on what the future relationship will look like.

The PM added: "What I'm going to say to Nina is that we will look at the arrangements that we would put in place in relation to 'no-deal.' We're doing that at the moment - government across the board is doing work on that. But I am optimistic we will receive a positive response".

"Now the reality for this Tory (Conservative) government is beginning to bite, but if things do not improve, the reality may soon begin to bite for the jobs and living standards of the people of this country", said Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party.

Despite the enthusiasm of the Danish minister to see negotiations speeded along as they entered their fifth round Monday, European leaders apparently still had no appetite for progress - notwithstanding May's promise of a long transition period and a Brexit "divorce bill" payment, which went down badly with many in the UK.

The Prime Minister made a decision to "focus minds" by publishing draft legislation showing how the United Kingdom will implement independent trade and customs arrangements from "day one" after Brexit in March 2019. She won the top job after David Cameron, who had also campaigned to remain, resigned in the chaos following the shock result of the vote. "I don't quite understand why you can't, seeing you are Prime Minister leading us into Brexit?"

Some have suggested that May will reshuffle her cabinet, but her spokesman said she had full confidence in both ministers.

Chris Bryant, a Labour MP and supporter of the Open Britain campaign group, said the refusal to guarantee the rights of European Union citizens in the United Kingdom had "again exposed the cruelty at the heart of this government's destructive Brexit policy". So we would have to look at those issues separately in a no-deal scenario.