Dominic Raab: Brexit transition period extension an “alternative” to the backstop

Prime Minister Theresa May’s attempts to bolster support for her Brexit plan during a ninety-minute conference call with her Cabinet have reportedly been met with dissatisfaction. Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey told the Prime Minister she was “devastated” by proposals which would see the Brexit transition period extended. Home Secretary Sajid Javid insisted that the customs backstop must be time-limited, whilst raising concerns that May had made too many concessions to secure a deal.

Elsewhere, the back-bench 1922 committee, which has reportedly received up to 46 of the required 48 letters required to trigger a vote of confidence in her leadership, will meet on Wednesday. Some members of the committee have called on the Prime Minister to attend. An anonymous ally of former Brexit Secretary David Davis said May was entering “the killing zone,” as numerous Conservative MPs are expecting a confidence vote this week, the Times reports.

Separately, the Guardian reports that 50 Conservative MPs have been in talks with the organizers of the People’s Vote march, which took place on Saturday, regarding their support for a second referendum. Five of whom are allegedly frontbenchers. Moreover, former Brexit Secretary David Davis has criticized the Government for wasting “a golden opportunity” with its handling of the Brexit negotiations, whilst Davis’ allies are reportedly encouraging a coup. If the letters required to trigger a confidence vote do materialize, the Prime Minister’s aides plan to persuade 1922 committee Chairman, Sir Graham Brady, to delay a vote until a deal is secured with Brussels.

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