Theresa May under pressure to quit over Brexit amid Tory ‘loss of trust’
Theresa May faced calls to quit amid Tory warnings she will never be trusted again over her handling of Brexit during a rowdy Prime Minister's Questions.
Mrs May insisted MPs could guarantee delivering the UK's withdrawal from the EU "this week" if they support her deal, in a further indication that she is preparing for a third meaningful vote sooner rather than later.
But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn pushed the Prime Minister to reveal if she will either "listen and change course, or go" while SNP MP Stewart Hosie (Dundee East) was more direct in asking Mrs May when she will be resigning.
Brexiteer Tory MP Andrew Bridgen also said his North West Leicestershire constituents would never trust the PM again if the UK failed to leave the EU on March 29, with or without a deal – something which is no longer possible following an agreed extension with the EU.
Mr Bridgen told the Commons: "At the last minute she begs our EU masters for an extension to Article 50, delaying our departure.
"They are good people, but they are not stupid and they will never trust the Prime Minister again."
Mrs May said MPs could still guarantee delivering on Brexit "if this week he and others in this House support the deal".
Mr Hosie earlier said: "Brexit is already costing the UK around £1 billion a week in lost growth.
"We know 80% plus of the UK public is unhappy with the way in which this has been handled – this is not the fault of Guy Verhofstadt, Michel Barnier, Donald Tusk, or any MP in this House voting according to their conscience.
"That fault lies with the Prime Minister who is the architect of the withdrawal deal, so can she finally concede to the House she is liable, responsible, culpable for the chaos which is the Brexit debacle, and when she will be resigning?"
Mrs May insisted her deal "delivers on the result of the referendum".
Mr Corbyn labelled the Government "chaotic and incompetent" as he pushed Mrs May to reveal her "plan B" ahead of the indicative votes process on different Brexit options.
He cited reports which suggested former prime minister David Cameron is encouraging Tory MPs to pursue a customs union as it is the best way of "getting Brexit over the line", asking: "Does she agree with him and will she be supporting any motions for a customs union?"
Mrs May replied: "The Government's deal negotiated with the European Union delivers the benefits of a customs union while enabling us to have an independent free trade policy to negotiate free trade agreements in our interests and not rely on Brussels to negotiate them for us."
She later asked: "Whatever happened to straight-talking honest politics?"
In his concluding remarks, Mr Corbyn said: "This country is on hold while the Government is in complete paralysis.
"The vital issues facing our country – from the devastation of public services, to homelessness, to knife crime – have been neglected.
"The Prime Minister is failing to deliver Brexit because she can't build a consensus, is unable to compromise and unable to reunite the country.
"Instead she is stoking further divisions, she's unable to resolve the central issues facing Britain today and she is frankly unable to govern.
"The Prime Minister faces a very clear choice, the one endorsed by the country and many of her own party – either listen and change course, or go. Which is it to be?"
Mrs May defended the Government's record on public spending before adding: "The biggest threat to our standing in the world, to our defence and to our economy is sitting on the Labour frontbench."