Ninth resignation as Brexiteers heap pressure on Theresa May

Lester Mason
July 17, 2018

"You know, I've called it a carve out for this".

However, this could lead to the prime minister being forced to accept key amendments in opposition to her Brexit plan in order to avoid a full scale rebellion.

Jubilant Brexiteers believe Brussels will reject the Chequers plan, forcing Mrs May to think again.

Her comments come ahead of the crucial Commons votes on trade and customs policy next week.

She said: "Having read the detail, this deal is a fudge I can't support". Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg also called it a "bad deal for Britain".

No 10 then argued that that European Union had only ruled out collecting United Kingdom duties and tariffs at its border, and it would be necessary to have other reciprocal financial systems with the European Union to refund businesses in the event that there were differing customs arrangements between Britain and the 27-country bloc.

May's dismissal of the idea was prompted by a Conservative, Justine Greening, who wrote in the Times of London that the "only solution is to take the final Brexit decision out of the hands of deadlocked politicians" with a second vote, which would give citizens three options: sticking with May's vision of a "Soft Brexit", remain in the European Union after all, or leave the bloc with no deal.

"The only solution is to take the final Brexit decision out of the hands of deadlocked politicians, away from the backroom deals, and give it back to the people".


Johnson returned to the political fray with his first column for Monday's Daily Telegraph since he resigned from the government over the Chequers compromise. "It's time we shared their confidence".

Miss Greening, who backed Theresa May " s Chequers deal last week, said she now believed it to be "unworkable' and voters should be given another say.

Not only does the prime minister have pro-Brexit MPs in her own party to worry about, but pro-EU Conservatives who are preparing to join forces with Labour to force the government into pursuing a full customs union with the EU.

"My job as Prime Minister is to deliver for them, but also I've got to be hard-headed and practical about this and do it in a way that ensures we get the best interests for the United Kingdom".

Peter Dowd, the shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, said: "It took two years for the prime minister to reach her Chequers deal, but only two days for it to fall apart".

In one of the rowdiest debates in parliament on Brexit so far, pro-EU Conservative lawmaker Anna Soubry said: "The only reason that the government has accepted these amendments is because it is frightened of somewhere in the region of 40 members of parliament, the hard no-deal Brexiteers, who should have been seen off a long time ago".

On BBC Radio 4's Today programme he urged Tory colleagues who "want to get on with Brexit" to acknowledge that the Bill was "essential" and should not be impeded.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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