Brady told reporters that the meeting
with May will take place after the June vote regardless of
whether or not the EU withdrawal agreement bill is passed by
Mark Francois, vice chairman of the European Research
Group of Conservative Eurosceptic MPs, said that, within his
group of MPs, opposition to the Withdrawal Agreement Bill is
"Given that Labour have made plain they will oppose it, it
seems incredibly unlikely it will receive a second reading in
early June," he said.
"In which case, the Prime Minister will be out of options,
and the executive of the 1922 Committee will almost certainly
have to facilitate a leadership contest among the parliamentary
party," said Francois.
Reaction swift after
British Prime Minister Theresa
May reveals details of her new Brexit deal
LONDON United Kingdom (Xinhua) --
Reaction was swift Tuesday night to British Prime
Minister Theresa May’s final bid to persuade Westminster
politicians to back her under-fire Brexit deal.
May’s plan, rejected three times already by MPs, has been
rebranded with a list of goodies in the hope she will finally
strike it lucky.
In a keynote speech in London, May unwrapped a 10-point plan,
backed by her senior ministers, saying it gave MPs one last
chance to deliver Brexit.
Politicians will be offered a vote on whether to hold another
referendum if they back the government’s Withdrawal Agreement
Bill, said May.
But, if as widely predicted, MPs again reject the bill, a
negotiated exit from the EU would be dead in the water and
Brexit could be stopped, warned May, whose days as Britain’s
prime minister are already certain to be numbered.
Describing it as finding common ground in Parliament, May
said her plan was the only way to deliver the Brexit the people
of Britain voted for in 2016.
Leading Conservative Brexiteer MP Charlie Elphicke said the
deal would prevent Britain from agreeing trade deals with the
fastest growing economies in the world.
In what was a curtain raiser to the response of the main
opposition Labour Party, its leader Jeremy Corbyn on Tuesday
night described May’s bill as effectively repackaging of same
old bad deal.
In his first reaction to May’s speech, Corbyn said:
"The prime minister’s proposal tonight seems to be largely a
rehash of the government’s position in the cross party talks
that failed to reach a compromise last week."
Corbyn said his party will look seriously at the details of
the withdrawal agreement bill when it is published in several
"But we won’t back a repackaged version of the same old deal,
and it’s clear that this weak and disintegrating government is
unable deliver on its own commitments," said Corbyn.
Labour veteran politician, Dame Margaret Beckett was even
more scathing, saying:
"May’s deal has no chance."
"It would be very dangerous to vote through a deal to leave
the EU without any clear idea of our eventual destination, a
blindfold Brexit that would only prolong uncertainty for
families, businesses and Parliament," she said.
Leave-supporting Jacob Rees-Mogg, chairman of a group of
Conservative MPs who want Britain to leave the EU, told the
Daily Telegraph: "I wouldn’t put money on my backing the deal."
Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon, said on her social
"The PM is asking MPs to vote for a bill that takes us out of
the EU - in Scotland’s case against our will - out of the single
market and possibly out of the Customs Union, and with no actual
commitment to put the deal to a second referendum."
Nigel Dodds, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)
MPs at Westminster said the fundamental flaws of the draft
Withdrawal Agreement treaty remain unchanged.
The DUP has a supply and confidence agreement with the
governing Conservatives to give May’s minority government a
majority in the House of Commons.
Boris Johnson throws hat
in ring for Tory leadership
LONDON United Kingdom (Xinhua) --
Boris Johnson, Britain’s former foreign secretary who also
served as mayor of London, on Thursday confirmed his intention
to run for the Conservative Party leadership after Theresa May
He made the announcement at a business event in Manchester,
saying he is going to "go for it" to be a candidate.
"I don’t think that is any particular secret to anybody," he
"But you know, there is no vacancy at present."
Prime Minister May has promised to resign unless the House of
Commons votes for her Brexit deal.
Several contenders, including International Development
Secretary Rory Stewart and former Work and Pensions Secretary
Esther McVey, have confirmed their intention to bid for the
Amid the Brexit impasse, May held talks on Thursday with
senior Tory MPs, who called on her to set a date for her
departure from the prime minister’s office.
United Kingdom cross-party
Brexit talks end without agreement
LONDON United Kingdom (Xinhua) --
The cross-party discussions over
Brexit on Friday ended without any agreement six weeks after
The British Opposition Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn said in a
letter to Prime Minister Theresa May that talks with the
government to find a compromise over Brexit "have gone as far as
He said talks could not carry on because of "the increasing
weakness and instability" of the government.
The latest development came one day after May promised to set
a timetable for leaving Downing Street following a Parliament
vote on the Withdraw Agreement Bill—the legislation needed to
implement her deal—next month.
United Kingdom Prime
Minister Theresa May to make
fourth bid to get go-ahead for her Brexit deal
LONDON United Kingdom (Xinhua) --
British Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed Wednesday she still
wants Britain to leave the European Union (EU), but she rejected
a second referendum or remaining in the EU’s customs union.
May outlined her hopes during Prime Minister’s Questions in
the House of Commons, just a week before her Conservative Party
is preparing for dismal results in European Parliament
Widespread media reports in London Wednesday said May is to
put her Brexit proposals to MPs in early June for what will be
the fourth time.
The Daily Telegraph said May was trying to buy herself time
with the new vote in Parliament, but it already looked set for
May met main opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn for cross-party
talks Tuesday night during the latest round of bi-lateral talks
between Labour and her Conservative party.
The talks, aimed at finding a consensus that would lead to
parliament agreeing a withdrawal deal, have so far failed to
make a breakthrough.
During the talks May told Corbyn she would table a vote on a
Brexit Bill early next month with or without a deal with Labour.
May has also told her most senior ministers it was imperative
the Brexit legislation is passed before the British Parliament
breaks for its long summer recess.
Downing Street said the government plans to publish the
Withdrawal Agreement Bill in the week beginning June 3 to force
MPs into a choice between the deal on the table or the
possibility of Brexit being cancelled.
The Democratic Unionist Party that gives May her slender
majority in the House of Commons is reported to have made clear
they do not plan to back the bill.
British Prime Minister
Theresa May’s negotiator to explore
future European Union relations amid Brexit impasse
LONDON United Kingdom (Xinhua) --
The chief Brexit negotiator for
British Prime Minister Theresa May is traveling to Brussels on
Tuesday to discuss changes to the political declaration on
Britain’s future relationship with the European Union (EU).
The latest travel by Olly Robbins comes amid the ongoing
cross-party talks between the British ruling and opposition
parties to break a current impasse.
The declaration, published with the British government’s
withdrawal agreement that has been vetoed by the parliament
three times, sets out the parameters for the future relationship
between Britain and the EU. It is not legally binding.
Media reports said Robbins will explore how quickly changes
could be made to the political declaration, if the government
and Labour can reach an agreement.
As Conservative-Labour talks are expected to continue on
Tuesday to find a formula to end Britain’s Brexit deadlock,
officials have revealed a record for the British Parliament.
The current session of parliament is the longest since the
English Civil War in the 1600s.
The continuing impasse over Britain’s departure from the EU
means that till Friday, the House of Commons had sat for 298
days, researchers at Parliament’s library said.
Brexit Party rises ahead
in polls, delivering blow on major parties in Britain
LONDON United Kingdom (Xinhua) --
Britain’s newly-formed Brexit Party has raced
ahead in two separate opinion polls Sunday as the country will
participate in the upcoming European Parliament election,
delivering a major blow on the two main parties.
The Brexit Party, which was launched by Nigel Farage in mid
April, has overtaken Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative
Party in a national poll, with Farage predicted to win 49 seats
in a general election.
The survey carried out by ComRes found that if a May-led
election campaign took place now the Conservatives would face
their worst result in history, falling to third place in terms
of vote share.
Main opposition Labour Party would become the largest party
by a margin of 137 seats, with leader Jeremy Corbyn taking over
at 10 Downing Street to lead a minority government.
The poll also found that the Conservatives would fall to
fourth place in the European Parliament elections scheduled for
May 23, with the Brexit Party gaining the highest share of the
The poll, commissioned by Brexit Express, asked people of
their voting intentions in the Euro election.
Top came the Brexit Party with 27 percent, followed by Labour
with 25, the Liberal Democrats with 14 percent and May’s
Conservatives just 13 percent.
Farage co-founded the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)
in 1993 to campaign for Britain’s departure from the European
He quit as chairman after the 2016 referendum delivered its
shock result showing 52 percent backed leaving against 48
percent wanting to keep the link with Brussels.
Andrew Hawkins, chairman of ComRes, described the poll as a
"If the Conservative leadership contenders are not careful,
there will be no party for them to lead."
A second poll for the Observer newspaper Sunday by Opinium
showed the Brexit Party would be one point behind the
Conservatives in a general election for British parliamentary
The Opinium survey showed Labour would be leading with 28
percent support, followed by the Conservatives with 22 percent
and the Brexit Party on 21 percent.
In the European elections, the Opinium poll shows the Brexit
Party racing ahead into first place with 34 percent support, in
results almost mirroring the ComRes results.
Labour comes second with 21 percent, a seven point fall
compared with a previous poll two weeks ago.
The Liberal Democrats take third position with 12 percent, a
The Conservatives have dropped three points to stagger into
fourth place with 11 percent support.
More than 600 chairmen and chairwomen of local Conservative
associations, along with councilors and party activists have
accused May and her advisers of "sticking their fingers in their
In a joint letter to the Sunday Telegraph they warned that if
May cannot deliver a clean exit from Europe, MPs at Westminster
must replace her urgently or risk disaster.
They said in their letter: "Unless we urgently change
direction, there is now an existential threat to the party.
"If we deliver an honest Brexit successfully, we will see
members and support flood back.
"More importantly, we will secure the long-term success of
both the country and the party."
"We must give the people the Brexit for which they voted
"If Theresa May cannot and will not do that, then she must be
"MPs must do that urgently or risk disaster at the next
election," they said.
Downing Street announced Saturday night that talks between
the Conservative government and Labour to find a way through the
Brexit deadlock would resume on Monday afternoon.
So far the two main parties have failed to reach a consensus
deal that could be put before the House of Commons to pave the
way for Britain to leave the EU.
Leading Brexit Party
reveals dissatisfaction with mired exit talks
by Xinhua writer Gui Tao LONDON
United Kingdom (Xinhua) -- British
eurosceptic Nigel Farage and his party have once again
successfully cemented themselves as the main voice for
dissatisfied voters in Britain.
Recent opinion polls have shown that Farage’s newly-founded
Brexit Party may win more votes in the coming European elections
than Britain’s two biggest parties combined.
The ex-leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), a key
figure in forcing Britain’s 2016 referendum on European Union
(EU) membership three years ago, shocked Westminster again.
It was Farage who led the UKIP to victory in the last
European Parliament elections in 2014, the first time that
neither the Conservatives nor Labour topped the ballot in a
nationwide election since 1906.
Capitalizing on a clear pro-Brexit position, Farage is
projected to hold at least one third of the votes in the coming
European parliament election.
There must be a reason behind the popularity of the man and
his party, whom some media portray as the mouthpiece of angry,
malcontent British voters.
Leaving the EU is the first step, if not the last, to solve
Britain’s problems, according to advocates of Farage and his
Brexit Party that was launched in April.
Brexit has torn apart support for the big, traditionally
It is obvious that a significant chunk of voters who backed
the Conservatives in the last general election are now dismayed
with the party’s Brexit strategy and the lengthy Brexit process
and mired negotiations.
Their defections to the Brexit Party have contributed to one
of the worst performances by a ruling party in the European
The latest case in point of the growing disenchantment among
Tory supporters is Jeremy Hosking, a prominent City of London
financier and one of the Conservative Party’s most prominent
financial backers, who reportedly donated 200,000 pounds
(259,919 U.S. dollars) to the Brexit Party.
Earlier this month, voters vented their fury over the ongoing
Brexit stalemate during the local elections.
The two major parties have undergone a drubbing at the ballot
The punishment continues.
United Kingdom relations
with China are as
important as Brexit: leading sinologist
by Gui Tao and Larry Neild LONDON
United Kingdom (Xinhua) -- A leading
British sinologist on Tuesday decried his country’s apathy and
urged it to consider its ways of working with China, saying the
relationship is as important as the looming Brexit.
"My argument is that, important as leaving the European Union
(EU) is, it is the way Britain shapes and crafts its
relationship with China that will have the larger long-term
impact," said Professor Kerry Brown in an exclusive interview
Brown, a professor of Chinese studies and director of the Lau
China Institute at King’s College of London, explained: "Unlike
the EU, China is fundamentally changing the world in which we
live far beyond the confines of Europe."
"The UK needs to have a knowledge about China that it does
not have at this moment," he added.
Brown noted that Britain needs to have "a much clearer idea"
of what it wants from China, whether it is a technology
partnership or market access.
He believed that the British government should also strive
for a more balanced relationship with China.
Britain, with its expectations of embarking on an era of
global involvement and engagement after leaving the EU, should
use Brexit as a chance to develop a passion towards Sino-UK
relations which seems to merit much more engagement, urged the
"We need to adjust our mindsets, revise our vocabularies, and
reset our standard map of the world," he said.
"Opposition to China or attempts to exclude it is futile."
If, or when, Brexit is implemented, Brown noted, Britain
needs to find different relationships outside the EU, and its
relationship with China is obviously one of the key ones.
In a newly published book The Future of UK-China Relations,
Brown, who is an associate of the Asia Pacific Program at
London’s world-leading think tank Chatham House, urged a new
kind of relationship between the two countries "where the past
is so heavy."
As Britain recalibrates its long-established international
relationships, it is worth remembering that China and Britain
have much in common, he wrote.
For the UK, a constructive relationship with China in
finance, intellectual partnerships, sports and the creative
industries could provide a path to a brighter future," he added.
Brown believes that Britain, with positive events and mutual
successes, has the potential to offer a model for the rest of
the world in terms of how to work with the world’s second
This is in spite of the drastically different social systems.
Regretting the "extraordinary knowledge imbalance" in the
relationship between China and Britain, Brown said the number of
students of Chinese language at UK universities has remained
static at 300 despite the exponential growth in China’s economy.
"The UK does not understand China as well as China
understands the UK," said Brown, who was professor of Chinese
politics and director of the China Studies Center at the
University of Sydney from 2012 to 2015.
"Chinese leaders are speaking of an era in modern history
when China is finally resurgent, prominent and has its global
status restored," he said.
"But much of the world, much like the UK, does not have a
story to relay back to China about their engagement with it.
"Nor have they thought more clearly of what they might
themselves want from this new China, beyond trade and money."