Amber Rudd: ‘Men at Westminster seem to flounce out quite a lot’
Amber Rudd has taken a aspect swipe at a few of Westminster’s male giant beasts in an interview the place she published she would again a Brexit Plan B.
The Work and Pensions Secretary mentioned she felt a “specific beef up for Theresa May as girl to girl”, including that Parliament’s males “seem to flounce out quite a lot”.
She discussed no particular names – however her feedback are most probably to refer to high-profile backbenchers Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson whose interventions had been a thorn within the aspect to the beleaguered Mrs May.
The minister made the feedback in an interview with The Times as Cabinet colleagues solid out throughout the United Kingdom on a pressure to advertise the PM’s debatable deal.
Mrs Rudd voiced beef up for a Norway-style fashion as a substitute to the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal if the Withdrawal Agreement is thrown out through MPs.
Amid popular hypothesis the deal will fail to transparent the Commons on Tuesday, the Work and Pensions Secretary is the primary Cabinet minister to publicly talk about the deserves of a “Plan B”.
And in a additional obvious departure from No 10’s reliable stance, Ms Rudd would now not rule out a 2nd referendum and advised she would again final within the EU if one used to be held.
She mentioned she remained in beef up of the PM’s Withdrawal Agreement and took goal at “indulgent” critics of the deal – together with male MPs who “think they are standing on principles but they’re not getting things done”.
However she published that, must the deal be voted down, she would like a so-called Norway Plus fashion for Brexit that will contain staying a part of the European Economic Area.
The former house secretary mentioned the opposite “seems plausible not just in terms of the country but in terms of where the MPs are,” however conceded that “nobody knows if it can be done”.
On the topic of a 2nd referendum, Ms Rudd mentioned she “can’t understand the hysteria around a People’s Vote if you believe in what you are trying to propose”.
However the minister mentioned she would “much rather do the withdrawal agreement and deliver on the outcome”.
Mrs May used to be warned on Saturday that she might be pressured to stand down as Prime Minister if her Brexit deal is defeated within the Commons subsequent week.
Eurosceptic former birthday party chief Iain Duncan Smith cautioned towards the PM and her Cabinet deciding to “brazen it out”, pronouncing such an way could be a “disaster”.
“How the PM responds after the vote matters more than anything else she has done,” he advised the Daily Telegraph.
“I believe that if the response is, ‘we’ve lost but we will do this all over again’ it will become a leadership issue.”
The paper reported Cabinet ministers have additionally warned Mrs May she would have to stand down if the deal is defeated and she or he fails to protected higher phrases from the European Union.
It got here as Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn mentioned he would believe delaying Britain’s go out from the EU to negotiate a higher deal if his birthday party got here to energy.
“If we go into government straight away we would start negotiating straight away. If it meant holding things a bit longer to do it, of course,” he advised Sky News.
Mr Corbyn mentioned his birthday party used to be able to “step in and negotiate” with the EU, and would shape a minority executive “if that is what is on offer”.
On Friday, a Government review warned a no-deal Brexit may lead to six months of chaos on key cross-Channel routes, with ferries between Dover and Calais and site visitors the use of the Channel Tunnel going through disruption till the tip of September 2019.
A letter despatched through Health Secretary Matt Hancock to the pharmaceutical trade and NHS mentioned: “The revised cross-Government making plans assumptions display that there can be considerably diminished get admission to around the brief straits, for up to six months.
“This could be very a lot a worst-case situation; alternatively, as a accountable Government, we’ve got a responsibility to plan for all situations.”
Ministers are drawing up plans to fly in necessary medication and provides precedence to lorries sporting clinical provides at gridlocked ports.
Kent Council’s chief Paul Carter referred to as for emergency measures to save you lorries getting into the county to steer clear of chaos at the roads.
“We now want way more enter and knowledge from nationwide Government in how they’re going to paintings with us,” he mentioned.
With the Commons vote on Mrs May’s Withdrawal Agreement anticipated to lead to it being rejected through MPs, the chance of a no-deal Brexit may build up.
Pressure is mounting at the Prime Minister to lengthen the December 11 vote to give herself time to ask for extra concessions from the EU at a Brussels summit at the tip of subsequent week – with 29 Tories pronouncing they’re going to vote towards the deal, Press Association research confirmed.
Liam Fox’s parliamentary personal secretary reportedly advised Mrs May may be confronted with resignations through ministerial aides if she does now not make last-minute adjustments to the deal.
Dudley South MP Mike Wood advised the Guardian he had “giant problems” with the Northern Ireland backstop and would resign if there were not enough “adjustments and reassurances” earlier than Tuesday’s vote to permit him to beef up her plan.