By Kate HarrisonTheresa May is facing a fresh backlash over her decision to suspend talks with the EU over a new Brexit deal and her plans to introduce a royal charter for British courts, with MPs saying the move will not help her campaign.
Theresa is facing fresh scrutiny over her decisions to suspend her negotiations with the bloc and her plan to introduce the royal charter of British courts.
A day after a Downing Street source said the Prime Minister was still trying to work out how to negotiate a new trade deal, the Conservative party’s former campaign director Michael Deacon told BBC Newsnight that she would need to get a deal on Brexit with the European Union before she can launch a leadership bid.
Mr Deacon said that Theresa May’s decision to end talks with Brussels would “probably do more damage to her chances of being Prime Minister” than the Brexit vote.
“If she has not got the agreement on the deal she’s looking for, I think it will be very difficult for her to run for the leadership,” he said.
“It’s probably not going to be a very good place for her in the campaign and I think that will be a real problem for her.”
He said Theresa May had a “strong and effective” negotiating team, and that she had “no real problems in the negotiation”.
“Theresa has had a strong negotiating team that is very, very experienced and is prepared to deal with very difficult issues,” he added.
“She has got a team that can do a very hard job.”
Asked if the Brexit deal could be the first step in a negotiation of her own, Mr Deacon responded: “Of course it can.
If there’s an agreement then that would be the next step.”
What you need to know about Brexit:• Theresa May has told EU leaders she wants to hold talks about a new agreement, but says she needs more time• EU leaders have said they have not received a response to Theresa May request for a meeting• ‘If there’s a deal then that will not be a great place for Theresa to run,’ says former Conservative campaign directorMichael DeaconWhat you missed last week:Theresa’s plan to launch a campaign has been criticised as being a “disgrace” by the Brexit campaign, with some saying it would not help Mrs May win over voters who are still sceptical about her commitment to the EU.
Mr deacon told the BBC that there was “a bit of a lack of conviction” among voters, but that a majority of people had been persuaded by the promises she made during the campaign.
“They think that she’s got a very strong negotiating group and she’s given them a good chance,” he explained.
“But we’ve got to look at what that means for the negotiations.”
I think that the fact that she wants talks is a disgrace to the people of the UK and she has to have a strong negotiation team and it will take some time.
“Mr deacons comments come after Downing Street said that Mrs May was still working out how best to negotiate the Brexit talks, despite the Prime Minster promising a deal last week.
Mr Johnson told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that Mrs Minster had said she would “immediately” start talks with Britain on a new free trade deal.”
We are trying to negotiate with the UK to get something that is in the best interests of the British people,” he told presenter John Humphrys.”
That’s what she’s saying.
“He added that Mrs Miller had also said the UK would be “working on a free trade agreement” as part of a “comprehensive” approach.
But Mr Johnson said that would not be enough.”
There is an element of a failure of will to negotiate and she is not going there,” he warned.”
The prime minister’s been very clear that we want to get Brexit right.
“And she’s not going anywhere.”
In fact, the prime minister has said she wants a deal in the first instance, and she will be doing everything in her power to get that deal.
“What we know so far:• The Prime Minister has repeatedly said that she is prepared for a “hard Brexit” that would leave Britain in a “post-Brexit world” with no deal• The Government is preparing for an ’emergency brake’ on immigration that would halt migration in 2019• Mr Johnson says he is not prepared to “play politics” with the economy as it has been damaged by Brexit• He said the Government is also planning to give migrants in the UK the right to work and claim benefits• He has called for the government to introduce an EU-wide minimum wage, and said a minimum wage for British workers would cost £1bn• The UK has already introduced a cap on immigration from the EU to ensure workers have access to jobs in the countryWhat you should know about the Brexit negotiations: