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00:00:02
>> Prime Minister Theresa May has survived the high profile resignations of two heavyweight Brexiteers in her cabinet. The question now is, could this actually be a blessing in disguise for the Prime Minister? I'm William James, Reuters political correspondent in Westminster. Having survived yesterday's resignations, Theresa May now has to look and decide whether she's in a stronger position or a weaker position.
00:00:24
There is an argument to say that having lost two of the senior Brexiteers in her cabinet and actively pursuing a strategy, which is seen as a soft Brexit, this has actually helped Theresa May. This has made her life easier, she doesn't have to argue with these big figures anymore.
00:00:36
After last night's meeting, we were all crowded into a corridor waiting for them to come out. And what we could hear from inside of the room, wasn't booing, wasn't dissent, it wasn't angry voices. It was actually clapping and cheering. You would expect that because the Conservative Party like to show unity where they can, where they really feel that they need to when their backs against the wall.
00:00:54
But when people came out and started talking to us journalists, they started telling us the meeting actually went quite well and that wasn't just from one faction of the party. It was from the pro-Europeans, it was from deep Eurosceptics. It was from actually cabinet ministers who maybe thought perhaps their position was in doubt going into the meeting.
00:01:11
There certainly seemed to be a coming together of the party, a coalescing around this idea that May got passed by cabinet at Chequers on Friday. Brussels is looking on with intense interest at what's going on here. The British Conservative Party psychodrama around Brexit. Well actually what they're waiting to see is the white paper, that's the policy document that will detail the British negotiating position.
00:01:33
They work on the basis of printed paper, negotiating positions and go from there. Everything is geared towards the October EU Summit. That's when according to the time table, Britain and the EU should strike a deal on the withdrawal terms and the shape of their future relationship. That's a key staging point in this Brexit process.
00:01:51
It's been pushed back already and if we push it back any further, then the timing starts to get really tight.