Sunday, 22 July, 2018


Theresa May's Brexit plan to face Parliament test next week

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Meanwhile former Welsh Secretary David Jones - also an ex-Brexit minister - said he was "extremely concerned" by what was on offer.

Theresa May faces a major rebellion by Conservative Brexiteers opposed to the controversial negotiating strategy she hammered out at Chequers.

Mrs May gathered her new team at 10 Downing Street as shockwaves continued to reverberate in Westminster following the first day since 1982 when two Cabinet ministers resigned within 24 hours.

A second - reportedly backed by the DUP - would force the British government to commit itself in law not to allow a customs border down the Irish Sea.

The government has battled to find a way of tackling these while maintaining access to European Union markets and avoiding burdensome customs arrangements that could damage businesses, with some leading companies warning they could cut investment or withdraw from Britain in the wake of a no-deal Brexit.

"I never thought I would say that again, but the government's sell-out leaves me with no choice".

May will seek to put the diplomatic tensions behind her when she hosts Trump later Thursday for a black-tie dinner with business leaders at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of World War II prime minister Winston Churchill. Does she rely on Labour votes to achieve Brexit or does she change her mind and go back to Lancaster House? "Will she stick to her earlier words?"

Speaking at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Mrs May insisted that her Chequers deal delivered on the "red lines" which she set out in her Lancaster House speech past year.

"Being tied to European Union regulations and the European Union tying our hands when seeking to make new trade agreements will be the worst of all worlds", wrote the Mansfield MP, who voted remain in a constituency where more than 70 per cent of voters opted to leave.

Any Brexit harder than this will come alongside a major hit to our economy, our global standing, and to our jobs and livelihood - but might at least deliver some of the things Brexit voters wanted: control on immigration, or more "sovereignty".

The proposals have already caused outrage among many Leave supporters, and prompted the resignations of Mr Raab's predecessor as Brexit secretary, David Davis, and ex-foreign secretary Boris Johnson, from the Cabinet.

Leavers who try to stop the prime minister's "soft Brexit" risk wrecking the whole process of withdrawal and toppling the government, Mr Davies said.

Under party rules, 48 Tory MPs - 15% of the party's 316-strong representation in the Commons - must write to the chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, to trigger a no-confidence vote.

Fallon warned Conservative rebels that a challenge to May's leadership is "the last thing we need".

The balance of leave and remain supporting MPs in the Conservative parliamentary party, as well as a narrowing window of opportunity to negotiate some form of Brexit deal, means the PM would probably survive an insurrection by angry Brexiteer MPs.

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