The Prime Minister said on Wednesday she needed the help of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to get her failed deal voted through, even though she has previously called him a “dangerous Marxist and unfit for government”. Many Conservative MPs and party activists were outraged by this “betrayal” of Brexit, as they fear Mrs May will cave into the UK remaining in a customs union. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson warned her during a Cabinet meeting her idea was “ridiculous” and going against the majority of her Cabinet, particularly as her negotiating team with Labour only has one pro-leave supporter, Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay.
Iain Dale, who presents the Evening Show on LBC Radio, has been vocal about his opposition to the political union of the EU.
He has predicted the next week is “going to be ugly” as splits within the Conservative Party could worsen over the cross-party talks.
He wrote in the Sunday Telegraph: “Something has changed in the last seven days. We can all sense it.
“The next seven days are going to be ugly, but they may determine whether there is anything to save from the wreckage the Prime Minister has created, or whether the party splits are deepened.”
Mrs May is currently spending the weekend at Chequers to prepare for a challenging week ahead, as the UK will leave the European Union at 11pm on April 12 if no extension has been agreed.
The bill proposed by Oliver Letwin and Yvette Cooper could be given royal assent on Monday, which will force Mrs May to seek an further Brexit delay and prevent a no deal result.
European leaders will meet for an emergency session of the European Council on Wednesday, which was arranged after Mrs May’s deal was voted down for a third time.
They will discuss the Prime Minister’s latest request of an extension until June 30.
But if the Letwin-Cooper bill gets passed, Mrs May will need to ask for a longer extension.
Mr Dale added that Brexit being delayed until the end of June will result in May being a “catastrophic month” for the Conservative Party.
This is due to the UK holding the European elections on May 23.
He said: “The European Elections will be a kin of second referendum.
“The political classes will be sent a very clear message by the electorate: You have betrayed us, and we won’t stand for it.”
Meanwhile, the cross-party talks between Labour and the Conservatives have been described as “disappointing” so far by Shadow business secretary Rebecca Long Bailey.
She said on the Andrew Marr Show today: “The sad thing is at the moment we haven’t seen overall any real changes to the deal, but we are hopeful that will change in coming days and we are willing to continue the talks as we know the Government are.
“We are currently waiting for the Government to come back to us now to state whether they are prepared to move on any of their red lines.
“We had great discussions and we went into a lot of technical detail but so far we haven’t seen anything from Government that would suggest they are prepared to change any part of the deal going forward.”