PMQs LIVE: Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn clash over Brexit | Politics | News – UK

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The Prime Minister is set to have to defend her leadership after weeks of coming under mounting pressure to drop her controversial Chequers plan for Brexit in recent weeks.

About 50 Brexiteer Tory MPs met last night to discuss ways of ousting Mrs May from Downing Street.

But Cabinet minister Michael Gove described rumours of a leadership challenge as “loose talk” that might undermine the mandate for Brexit.

The Environment Secretary insisted Mrs May was doing a “great job at the moment” as he urged Tory MPs to rally behind the Prime Minister.

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Earlier today the European Research Group (ERG), led by Jacob Rees-Mogg, announced an alternative plan to solve the Northern Irish border issue which is holding up Brexit progress.

Former Brexit Secretary David Davis said he did not think the Chequers plan would “fly”.

Follow Express.co.uk’s live updates from PMQs below…

12.06pm update: Corbyn grills May over universal credit

Jeremy Corbyn criticises universal credit, the Government’s flagship benefit scheme, calling it “flawed and failing”.

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The Labour leader raises concerns over the growing number of British children in poverty.

He says: “Universal credit is taking people into poverty, forcing people to use food banks and could end up costing the system even more.”

Mrs May responds by saying by the Conservatives needed to “encourage people into work and make sure work always pays”.

The Prime Minister also criticises the previous ‘legacy’ system for benefits introduced by the previous Labour government.

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She adds: “The Conservatives know that work is the right way out of poverty.”

12.04pm update: PMQs underway

This week’s edition of PMQs, the second since Parliament returned from summer recess, is underway.

All eyes will be on Theresa May to see if she responds to apparent threats to her leadership by Conservative Brexiteers.

Meanwhile, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn remains under pressure as the Labour anti-Semitism crisis shows no sign of abating.

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