A former Cabinet minister urged the Prime Minister to accelerate the country’s departure from the bloc to maximise the economic boost of freedom from Brussels rule. And another senior MP tabled a Commons motion seeking to outlaw any backsliding on Mrs May’s pledge to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty by the end of March.
The intensifying pressure followed yet another warning that European judges may intervene to block the activation of the exit clause. Mrs May told MPs of her determination to forge new trade links beyond the EU in the run-up to Brexit. “I want this country to be a global leader in free trade,” she said.