Ruth Davidson accuses Tory colleagues of ‘giving up’ over European Union vote

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Brexit secretary Steve Barclay acknowledged it would be the end of the road for the deal if the Withdrawal Agreement Bill is defeated.

"In particular he raised doubts over the credibility of Government commitments following statements by Conservative MPs and Cabinet ministers seeking to replace the Prime Minister".

Blunt's outspoken remarks about the future of his own party have been met with some distaste, with The Times reporting unnamed Conservative members of Parliament who said they would abandon the party if it took support from the Brexit Party in a future Parliament to deliver Brexit.

While European Union elections have always been seen as a safe place for mid-term protest votes to take place by the political establishment in the United Kingdom, polling showing that the month-old Brexit Party is now beating the Conservatives in even general election polling has sent shockwaves through Westminster.

"I have talked to colleagues, some of whom voted for it last time, and they think it is dead and they will vote against it this time", he told Talk Radio on Wednesday.

A handout photograph taken and released by the UK Parliament on 3 April 2019 shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaking during the weekly Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) question and answer session in the House of Commons in London. It was echoed later by International Trade Secretary Liam Fox following a speech at the Institute for Government, according to The Guardian.

After a marathon Cabinet meeting earlier on Tuesday, ministers agreed to continue the cross-party efforts to break the impasse but stressed it was "imperative" for a Brexit deal to get through Parliament by the summer recess.

After talks with opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Tuesday evening, May announced that MPs would vote on legislation to implement the Brexit deal in the week starting 3 June.

"Without an agreement and real compromise and movement by the government coming out of these talks then we are talking about a withdrawal agreement bill that is based on the same botched Brexit deal that has been rejected three times already by parliament".

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Chuka Umunna, a former Labour MP who defected from the party to set up the centrist Change UK party, said in a tweet that Labour was "offering Theresa May and her Brexit plan a lifeline".

May opened talks with Labour six weeks ago, acknowledging that entrenched opposition from her own side meant she needed help from across the political divide to pass her Brexit deal. "Brings amendments into play, so it's game on again IF anything - Customs Union, EFTA, a second referendum etc - can muster a majority".

It was "the definition of madness to keep repeating the same thing and expecting to have a different result".

"Her withdrawal deal will not get through parliament".

"If the prime minister brings the withdrawal bill to the Commons for a vote the question will be 'what has changed?'" said Nigel Dodds, whose Democratic Union Party has a strategic alliance with May's Conservatives.

"But they aren't. Quite the reverse".

The UK needs to pass a law to implement the withdrawal agreement - the part of the PM's Brexit deal which will take the country out of the European Union - in UK law.

The Withdrawal Agreement will go before the Commons in the same week US President Donald Trump is due to make a state visit to the UK.

Mr Trump and his wife Melania will be in the United Kingdom from June 3 to June 5.

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