Brexit deal is 95% done, Prime Minister will tell MPs

Lester Mason
October 22, 2018

But Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said "now is the time to play for the team", adding: "We are at the end stage of the negotiation".

"The end is in sight in terms of a good deal - the prize we want - a good deal with the European Union and I think colleagues should wait and see what that looks like".

Allies of Mr Davis have suggested Boris Johnson, another leading Brexiteer tipped as a possible successor to Mrs May, would become Davis's deputy, and that Davis would step aside for him once Brexit was delivered.

For a no confidence vote to be triggered, 48 letters from Conservative MPs must be submitted to the party's chairman and some have claimed that that threshold could soon be reached.

He added she must attend Wednesday's meeting of the Tory 1922 committee of backbench MPs or risk making "the letters go in even faster".

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier stood firm on the need for checks on goods shipped from mainland Britain to Northern Ireland after Brexit, while insisting this would not amount to a new border, in an interview published on Sunday.

One Eurosceptic MP even told The Sunday Times Mrs May was entering the "killing zone", while another said: 'The moment is coming when the knife gets heated, stuck in her front and twisted.

Her shift aimed to break an impasse in negotiations between London and Brussels over how to keep the Irish border open after Brexit, by giving the two sides more time to agree their future relationship.

He said the Tories had a "serious image problem" and warned voters only associate the party with austerity or Brexit.

"The EU is not entitled to split up the UK", Davis wrote on the subject of the backstop - which Brussels wants to apply to Northern Ireland alone, effectively carving off the country from the wider British economy and annexing it to the EU for customs purposes.

"I don't think a change of leader would particularly help, particularly in the middle of Brexit", he said.

Her address to Parliament comes days after massive protests in London Saturday demanding a second Brexit referendum and dissent from within her ruling Conservative Party, including one MP describing May's government as a "sh*t show".

He told The Sunday Times: "I can not continue to support an administration that can not function".

Labour, meanwhile, warned Mrs May that if she is hoping they will help pass her Brexit blueprint she can "think again". "And the repeated claim that the agreement is 80 per cent or 90 per cent complete ignores that the remaining part is the hard bit", he said in the Sunday Times.

"Things could - and should - have been different".

Accompanied by Lord David Trimble and global trade experts Shanker Singham and Hans Maessen, the eurosceptics will argue against the Prime Minister's plans for a facilitated customs arrangement where the United Kingdom would collect tariffs on behalf of the European Union on goods destined for the Continent but charge a lower tariff if they were intended for the UK.

Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, said there was a real lack of confidence that May could bring back "anything by way of a good deal" because the government was so divided.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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