Boris Johnson says Theresa May's Brexit plan is 'a big turd'

Lloyd Doyle
July 9, 2018

But it is now believed Mr Davis, who signed up to the plan agreed by the Cabinet after marathon talks at Chequers on Friday, has now quit.

Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, claimed May's plans were unworkable and a "fudge" that would be a bureaucratic nightmare to implement, as he called on the prime minister to put them to a vote in the Commons next week.

The Cabinet on Friday agreed to back Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to try to negotiate a free trade area for goods but to stay outside of European Union structures for services.

Under the government's plans the United Kingdom would be free to diverge from EU rules over services, a major part of the British economy, with ministers acknowledging this will reduce the levels of access available to European markets.

However, there is growing disquiet on the Tory backbenches not only with Mrs May but senior Brexiteer cabinet ministers.

Speaking on the BBC's Sunday Politics Scotland programme, Mr Russell questioned whether the proposals would be acceptable to remaining European Union member states and to hardline Brexiteers within the Conservative Party.

He said: "We may be on a journey, it may not be a journey however that Theresa May is capable of taking, given her party".

British Prime Minister Theresa May views a auto on a production line during a visit to the Jaguar Land Rover factory on September 1, 2016 in Solihull, England.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, chair of the European Research Group of Tory Europsceptic MPs was being urged to run for leader, with one even naming him as "our Churchill".

'Obviously if the Government and the Prime Minister continue to support that very poor offer then I won't have any confidence in the Government or the Prime Minister'.

In a letter to Tory MPs she said collective responsibility on Brexit was suspended by her predecessor David Cameron during the referendum and since then she had allowed cabinet members to "express their individual views" in public.

He added he would "listen to what the Prime Minister has got to say on Monday evening at the 1922 Committee" before deciding what action to take.

The former permanent secretary for global trade believes that Theresa May's Chequers plan for Brexit is "better than no deal".

A "joint institutional framework" would interpret UK-EU agreements, but UK courts would have to show "due regard paid to EU case law" on goods harmonisation rules.

The common rulebook for goods, including food and agricultural products, could limit the UK's ability to strike trade deals with countries such as the USA, for whom securing market access for American farmers would be a big prize for Trump-admiring Brexiteers.

The bloc has long warned it will not accept any "cherry-picking" in relation to the single market's four freedoms on goods, services, people and capital.

Davis and the PM's chief Brexit official Olly Robbins will travel to Brussels to start to work their way through the details of the document with Michel Barnier and his team.

He added: 'The EU has never been keen to facilitate a breaking up of an approach toward the single market in terms of keeping all of the elements of the single market intact and consistent, so I think Britain will find it hard to persuade the EU to support the approach they're now proposing.

He insisted: "Without staying in the EU there will be damage, but actually the single market and the customs union - the full single market and the customs union, the Norway option - is the least damaging part of it".

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