'Fuming Tory MPs have reacted angrily to Prime Minister Theresa May’s admission that the UK could stay under EU rules “months” after Brexit – with some even telling her she needs to quit as leader over her handling of negotiations.
On Thursday morning, May faced reporters after a night of discussions in Brussels with her fellow 27 EU leaders that were intended to try and break the current impasse on Brexit negotiations.
She revealed one option that had emerged from last night’s talks was an extension of the “implementation [or transition] period for a matter of months," in an effort to break the deadlock over the Irish border issue. The prospect of Brexit being further delayed, with a transition period running into 2021, and with it, potentially further UK payments of £15 billion going into the EU coffers, has infuriated Tory MPs.
What will alarm the PM is that it’s now not just hardline Brexiteers questioning her leadership. Tory Remainer Nick Boles, a former minister for skills under David Cameron, has blasted May’s “humiliating” concessions and claimed Conservative colleagues from across the Brexit spectrum are “close to despair.”
He told BBC Radio 4 Today: "I'm afraid she's losing the confidence now of colleagues of all shades of opinion.” Boles added: “They are close to despair at the state of this negotiation," suggesting the PM is complicit in running the clock down for a ‘No deal’ Brexit scenario.
"That is not an acceptable way for a leader of a government to behave."'
Read more: Calls for May to quit as furious Tories blast her for considering ‘humiliating’ Brexit delay
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