Published: Пн, Июля 09, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Chequers mate: Theresa May ambush routs cabinet Brexiteers

Chequers mate: Theresa May ambush routs cabinet Brexiteers

Pro-Brexit forces in the British Cabinet were unable to muster much of an opposition, with the "hard Brexit" argument apparently championed in the internal discussions by Boris Johnson, who despite clearly losing, has indicated he will not resign and will be bound by the agreed policy.

Brexit Secretary David Davis quit just two days after May announced she had finally united her quarrelsome government behind a plan for a divorce deal with the EU.

Cabinet Brexiteers have already been persuaded to support the plans after the marathon session of talks at Chequers on Friday, but backbench Eurosceptics have expressed grave doubts.

"We propose to create a free trade zone with the European Union and establish acceptable customs rules for business", the report says. I look forward to white paper.

There would be "a complete end to freedom of movement", the "supremacy of British courts" would be restored, no more "vast sums of money" would be sent to Brussels.

They may also have been reassured by May reiterating her belief that any agreement with the EU should end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, although British courts would still have to "pay due regard" to its rulings.

"We've been blaming many of our problems over the past 30 years on EU-imposed legislation".

"But we'll do it in a way that protects drops and enhances our economy for the future".

Ministers acknowledged this would reduce levels of access to European markets so agreed to step up preparations for a "no deal" Brexit.

Mrs May told ITV News that she is restoring collective responsibility and cabinet ministers need to "come together in unity", whether they like the new deal or not.

The agreed proposal-which also says Britain's large services sector will not have the current levels of access to European Union markets-will not come soon enough for Brussels, which has been pressing May to come up with a detailed vision for future ties.

German manufacturers said on Sunday the plan did not go far enough to guarantee the free movement of goods.

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, who previously suggested the EU would be willing to shift its position if the United Kingdom relaxed some of its "red lines", welcomed the agreement on Twitter.

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But there were signs of a backlash among some lawmakers from May's Conservative Party on Sunday including leading anti-EU campaigner Jacob Rees-Mogg, who said the proposal could be worse than Britain leaving the bloc with no deal.

"As with eggs: An egg that is very softly boiled isn't boiled at all".

"I can't support the offer which emerged at Chequers - I think it's a breach of the red lines, in fact the offer is so poor that I couldn't support it even if the European Union were paying us for it", he said.

"That is not something that this country voted for, it is not what the Prime Minister promised", he told BBC Radio 4's Today.

Michael Gove called on hardline Brexiteers to unite behind Theresa May's Chequers plan amid growing suggestions of calls for a leadership contest.

Tories are being invited to briefings about the plans, with the Prime Minister set to address Conservative MPs at a meeting in Parliament on Monday.

A small group of Tory backbenchers appeared to be satisfied after meeting on Saturday morning with chief whip Julian Smith and Mrs May's chief of staff Gavin Barwell to discuss the deal.

The document has not been endorsed by the ERG but was "devastating", a Brexiteer source said.

Vicky Ford urged colleagues not to get "hot under the collar" until they had seen the details.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling acknowledged the plans could cause "issues" in future trade talks.

In an interview with Sophy Ridge on Sunday he added: "The reality is Boris and all of us came to an agreement about a strong package that we think is good for the United Kingdom economy (and) delivers what the Brexit vote was about in 2016".

Scottish and Northern Irish politicians welcomed have welcomed the plan, while the Irish government said negotiations now need "to be intensified".

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