Baker Urges Brexiteers to Get Letters in: ‘You Must Act Now’

Conservative MP Steve Baker speaks to the media in Westminster near the Houses of Parliament in London on November 16, 2018. - British Prime Minister Theresa May battled on November 16 to salvage a draft Brexit deal and her own political future. After a tumultuous Thursday in which ministers resigned …
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VICTORIA FRIEDMAN

Former Brexit minister Steve Baker has urged colleagues wavering on whether to write to the 1922 Committee to call for a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May to “act now. Time is short.”

Speaking to a media scrum in Westminster Friday, Mr Baker said: “If colleagues have agreed with me that we cannot tolerate this policy and that if we cannot tolerate this policy that it is time to recognise it is connected with Theresa May as Prime Minister, it is my sorry duty to say that it is time to put the letters in and to have the vote and test the will of the Conservative Party to continue.”

“You must act now. Time is short,” he added.

Speaking afterwards to Sky News’s Beth Rigby, the former junior minister, who resigned from the Cabinet in July over the prime minister’s soft Brexit Chequers plan, said: “I certainly can’t live with this deal and I will vote against it.

Asked who he thought should be lined up to replace May, should there be a vote and if she loses it, he said: “We need someone who is charismatic and determined, who believes in leaving the European Union, who can carry this country through it.”

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