UK: May's cabinet 'fully behind' Brexit plan

28 September, 2018, 15:28 | Author: Kevin Carter
  • The prime minister is braced for a cabinet row tomorrow

Reflecting comments made since July by the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, and by national leaders who rebuffed May in person last week at a Salzburg summit, the document lays out the bloc's negotiators' thinking on the Chequers plan, which also faces stiff opposition within May's own Conservative Party.

"The prime minister is a lady of singular wisdom and therefore is likely to recognize the reality that Chequers does not have much support either in this country or overseas", Rees-Mogg said.

'This has been offered to us by the (European) Commission, they have offered us the best trade deal they have ever done with any country ever in the world, so if you want to call it Canada plus, or super Canada or supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Canada, that is what is being aimed and its being offered'. "Clearly there are at least two alternatives to Chequers", he writes.

Former Brexit Secretary David Davis, who has indicated he will vote against the plans, said recently the ERG had about 30 to 40 members, with a core group of about a dozen.

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Meanwhile, at Labour's party conference in Liverpool on Tuesday, shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keith Starmer said "nobody is ruling out Remain as an option", adding Labour will vote against May's proposed deal in Parliament if it did not meet the party's six tests.

Mr Raab yesterday accused the European Union of adopting a "computer says no" attitude to the negotiations - and warned that Britain was preparing to leave without a deal unless Brussels started to engage seriously.

He said the prize of a more prosperous future for Britain came only from it having an independent trade and regulation policy. But that is only if Labour's initial demand for another general election is not met, should May be unable to get her Brexit plan through Parliament.

Labour is also likely to agree to a policy that - as a last resort - backs a second referendum on whatever the final deal with the European Union turns out to be. He added: 'We're now, bluntly, in a cul-de-sac.' But Confederation of British Industry director Carolyn Fairburn warned a Canada-style deal would create friction at borders, would not solve the Irish border and would damage supply chains affecting thousands of jobs. "They'll have to recognise, looking at their vote, that what we're doing is delivering on the vote of the referendum, delivering on the vote of the British people".

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