UK Leader Warns Ousting her Won't Make Brexit Talks Easier

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in central London

Earlier, Stephen Barclay was picked as the new Brexit secretary, replacing Dominic Raab who quit on Thursday, as Mrs May sought to fill her cabinet following the resignations.

"I think it's absolutely vital that we focus on getting the right deal in the future, and making sure that in the areas that matter so much to the British people we can get a good outcome", he said.

May herself will personally oversee the last 10 days of negotiations with the European Union on the future framework of relations, while Barclay will focus on the domestic readiness for Brexit and getting May's draft withdrawal agreement through parliament.

Rumours had been rife that.

Around 20 Tory MPs have publicly called for a vote of no confidence in the prime minister, with more thought to have written to the chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee to call for a vote on her leadership.

For those in favour of Britain remaining in the EU, the draft agreement is a watered down, inadequate version of the country's existing EU membership arrangement with access to the bloc's customs union and single market.

But the deal led to a backlash from some Brexit-supporting MPs, including Mr Raab and Ms McVey.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday toppling her would risk delaying Brexit and she would not let talk of a leadership challenge distract her from a critical week of negotiations with Brussels.

May's deal will now be put to a series of regional and domestic tests.

But May's Cabinet still contains tensions and potential fissures.

Meanwhile, Amber Rudd has been named the new work and pensions secretary - replacing Esther McVey, the second senior minister who resigned over the PM's Brexit plans on Thursday.

She said replacing her would bring in uncertainty, and would risk delaying the talks and postponing Britain's European Union departure date, set for March 29.

She appealed directly to voters Friday by answering questions on a radio call-in show.

May stood by her plan.

"For a lot of people who voted 'leave, ' what they wanted to do was make sure that decisions on things like who can come into this country would be taken by us here in the United Kingdom, and not by Brussels, and that's exactly what the deal I've negotiated delivers", she said.

Businesses, which fear the turmoil that could follow a disorderly Brexit, have largely welcomed the withdrawal deal.

However, if May is unable to get a deal through then a no-deal Brexit becomes the default position.

Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood, a Government loyalist and MP for Bournemouth East, said: "I fully recognise the call for a people's vote in relation to honouring the will of the people, which may well be different now than it was in 2016".

He told Sky News there was support in parliament and in Europe for a "unity platform" that avoided a no-deal Brexit.

The emergency summit will kick-start the national ratification process in some EU countries as well as in Westminster, setting in train a process that will culminate with a vote in the European Parliament in February and finally Brexit Day on March 29 2019. Firstly, that any transition is time limited and that we can get out of it. The current line from Brussels is that the deal can not be re-negotiated. "If you start trying to amend it or unthink it, you might find that the whole thing unravels".

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