Brexit plan that split the Tory party to be unveiled later today

Lester Mason
July 12, 2018

"There was always going to be a moment in time that was needed for the British Prime Minister to show her authority because she had a very divided cabinet on her approach to Brexit".

The proposal, part of a long-awaited report on what May hopes to secure from her Brussels negotiations, seems to contradict comments made by the Home Secretary on Wednesday that European Union citizens would no longer have an "automatic right" to "hop on a plane" and come to work in the UK.

A rebellion by Eurosceptic backbenchers could wipe out Mrs May's majority when the bill returns to the House of Commons on Monday, in what would be the first significant test of strength for her Brexit critics.

Commons Speaker John Bercow ordered the cabinet minister's statement be delayed for five minutes while copies were circulated.

Their resignations came after May chaired the first meeting of her new cabinet following the departure of Boris Johnson and David Davis.

It is likely to provoke a backlash from Brussels, as it seeks to effectively keep the United Kingdom in the Single Market for goods, but not services - something which has been repeatedly ruled out as "cherry picking" by European Union leaders.

That plan seems to go against comments made by Home Secretary Sajid Javid on Wednesday. Johnson said the plan would make it much more hard to do trade deals.


"It delivers on the vote that people gave on Brexit, it delivers the fact that we will have an end to free movement, we will have an end to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the United Kingdom, we won't be sending vast contributions to the EU every year, we'll be out of the Common Agricultural Policy, out of the Common Fisheries Policy", she said.

"It is a vision that respects the result of the referendum (vote to leave), and delivers a principled and practical Brexit", Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said in the foreword.

"For those that are either criticising or carping or whatever else, they need to come back with credible alternatives".

UK White Paper on Brexit's strategy to be out this Thursday. The EU27 has been clear all along that the four pillars of the single market - the free movement on goods, services, people and capital - are indivisible.

When asked if a deal based on the Chequers plan would win MPs' approval, he said he was "confident", adding: "There's no point in speculating, but we have won". Market players will now focus not only on EU's response to the document but also on May's leadership and a possible no-confidence vote, after already skipping one shortly ago.

As the Chequers agreement set out on Friday, the United Kingdom would accept a "common rule book" for trade in goods, but not services.

"If not, they too will be held to account".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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