November 14, 2018 / 9:44 PM / 25 days ago

No resignation threats during May's cabinet meeting - UK official

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, makes a statement outside 10 Downing Street, in London, Britain November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - No one threatened to resign at a meeting of Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet of top ministers during discussions over whether to back a draft deal on Britain’s divorce terms with the European Union, a senior government official said on Wednesday.

Asked if anyone had threatened to resign, the official said: “Nobody”. “The PM used the word impassioned for a reason, and clearly there are strongly held views on this subject which we acknowledge.”

May won the backing of her senior ministers for a draft European Union divorce deal on Wednesday, freeing her to tackle the much more perilous struggle of getting parliament to approve the agreement.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, editing by William James

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