As expected today’s political agenda regarding Brexit is dominated by Brexit related matters and the escalation of turmoil in May’s cabinet.
Here’s a roundup of the salient events of today.
Stephen Barclay has been confirmed as the new Brexit Secretary as Theresa May seeks to fill posts in her cabinet.
Theresa May has appointed Amber Rudd, the former home secretary, as her new work and pensions secretary.
At a meeting with ambassadors from the remaining EU27 states, Barnier warned there would be “difficult negotiations” over British demands to maintain access to parts of the bloc’s internal security database, according to a diplomatic note seen by the FT.
The bloc’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, paid tribute to Mrs May, but said that the EU had to protect its principles even if there were political problems in the UK.
Michael Gove, the environment secretary and Liam Fox, the international trade secretary, came out in support for the prime minister this morning, while yesterday, Andrea Leadsom, another hardcore Brexiter in the cabinet, told the House of Commons that she was staying in government.
The BBC reports Mr Gove’s decision to stay was a boost for Mrs May, who followed up a defiant Downing Street press conference on Thursday with a live phone-in on Friday morning on LBC radio, during which two callers said she should stand aside.
Liam Fox, the state secretary for international trade and a vocal Brexit supporter, stated during an event in Bristol that “a deal is better than no deal”. FT reported him saying “I hope that we all take a rational and reasonable view of this. We are not elected to do what we want, but to act in national interest. Ultimately I hope that across the Parliament we will recognise that a deal is better than no deal.
Businesses do require certainty, confidence as they go forward with their planning, and there are those around the world that are waiting to get certainty also to begin to discuss trade agreements with the United Kingdom. It’s in our national interest.”
An official at Number 10 that there are no preparations for a no-confidence vote in Theresa May.