BBC host Jonathan Dimbleby took a dig at the Tory MP after Jesse Norman insisted the British Government was the “sensible” choice for voters wanting Brexit. Brexiteers on the Conservative benches have demanded Theresa May resigns from Number 10 after she failed to take Britain out of the European Union in March. Mr Dimbleby appeared to mock Mr Norman’s optimism after the Transport minister urged Britons to vote for the Conservative Party: “It sounds as if you’re sounding more optimistic than the polls suggest you should be about the outcome.”
After Mr Norman claimed people across the country were “getting more optimistic with the passage of time,” the BBC host hit back: “Always look on the bright side, as they say.”
According to the latest YouGov voters’ intention poll, the Conservative Party saw support ahead of the European elections collapse to 9 percent. Of the 7,192 British adults polled, 35 percent said they would back the newly-created Brexit Party while 16 percent would vote Liberal Democrats. Labour polled third at 15 percent.
Mr Wells said: “It’s not just about Brexit. We’ve got to get Brexit out of the way and then we can move on to the process of thinking about the issues that really matter over the long term to this country.
“The only party that remotely has got the chance of forming a government that is sane, sensible, inclusive and lead to a prosperous country is my own party.”
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“So I hope you will support it when it comes to ticking that box next week.”
The Commons will be asked to vote once again on Mrs May’s Brexit divorce deal in the week commencing with June 3. Regardless of the outcome, Theresa May told the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers she would set a timetable for her resignation amidst growing demands for her to go.
The new Conservative leader is likely to be voted in by the end of Summer, with a “coronation” taking place at the autumn party conference.
Despite growing demand for her to quit, the Prime Minister attempted to strike an agreement with the Labour Party to secure their support for the divorce deal but Jeremy Corbyn on Friday announced the talks had broken down.
Mr Corbyn said the cross-party talks with the Government had “gone as far as they can” over the past few weeks.
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Mr Corbyn claimed the “increasing weakness and instability” of Mrs May’s Cabinet was to blame for the end of the talks, which the Prime Minister organised after begging Brussels for a new extension to the Brexit deadline.
Senior Government sources of Friday claimed the Brexit withdrawal deal will be amended to “build the broadest coalition possible” in a last-ditch attempt to convince the DUP to back the Prime Minister.
One concession is believed to include alternative arrangements to replace the Irish backstop by the end of 2020.
Another concession includes a commitment to regulatory alignment between Britain and Northern Ireland in any trade deal with Brussels, according to The Sun.
A Government source said: “We’re not just going to bring it back as it was and hope for the best.”
However, DUP leader Arlene Foster last night demanded the Government to reject the backstop altogether.
The backstop has been a key point of contention between Mrs May and Brexiteers, who fear the clause included in the divorce deal to avoid a hard border on the Irish isle could be used to keep the UK closely aligned to the single market and the customs union.