UK PM May threatened rebels with a national election

Cardboard cutouts of the 12 'superhero' Tory rebels at a Brexit protest

But by sticking to her plan for a "business-friendly" departure, May has thrown down the gauntlet to Brexit supporters and pro-EU lawmakers in her party who are at war with each other, and - for some - with the prime minister herself.

Donald Trump on his visit to the United Kingdom last week said Johnson would make "a great prime minister".

Philip Davies has submitted a letter of no confidence in Mrs May after "losing trust" in her ability to deliver Brexit.

In a letter to voters in his Shipley constituency, obtained by the Yorkshire Post, Mr Davies said that Mrs May's Chequers' plan for Brexit was "unacceptable".

Mrs May is battling to unite her Conservative Party around her Brexit blueprint formally unveiled last week following months of cabinet infighting.

Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson read out a personal statement in Commons earlier in which he took a veiled swipe at Russian Federation, outlined his opposition to Theresa May's Brexit plan, and said "it's not too late to save Brexit".

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"We dithered and burned through our negotiating capital", Johnson told lawmakers Wednesday.

The amendment would have required the government to try to negotiate a customs union arrangement with the EU if, by January 21, 2019, it had failed to negotiate a frictionless free trade deal with the bloc.

Such a statement would have echoes of Geoffrey Howe's devastating resignation speech after quitting Margaret Thatcher's Cabinet in a row over Europe - an intervention which contributed to her being toppled within weeks.

As EU governments get ready to step up planning for a no-deal scenario, the UK's new Brexit secretary Dominic Raab will travel to Brussels for talks on Thursday (19 July).

"We have time in these negotiations".

While the House of Commons debates these texts, the European Commission is analyzing the plan for future trade and customs relations it received from the United Kingdom government, the survival of which depends largely on the response from Brussels. He added: 'All it shows is that, while the vehicle is careering towards the Brexit cliff-edge, senior Conservatives are fighting over what song to play on the stereo.' The prime minister wasn't even in the Commons to hear the address because she was answering questions about Brexit to a committee of MPs.

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In an article for The Mail on Sunday, she called for MPs to take a "practical and pragmatic" approach rather than face a "damaging and disorderly" Brexit.

Ms Soubry said she did not believe Mrs May was in charge any more.

The Prime Minister avoided a damaging defeat - which could have had major implications for her leadership - by just six votes in the Commons on Tuesday night.

"At absolutely no point because BREXIT continues to mean BREXIT", Mrs.

Explaining that the two states already have the same rules and laws, the Tory MP told the BBC: "The only reason we wouldn't come to a free and open agreement is because politics gets in the way of economics".

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