Conservative lawmakers pile Brexit pressure on British PM May

09 July, 2018, 22:12 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • Theresa May has warned her'Brexit bully critics she will fight on if they try to oust her- meaning rebels will need the backing of 159 Tory MPs to bring her down

Nigel Farage and Jacob Rees-Mogg have repeatedly warned about Brussels treachery in the past. She said that any deal needed to protect businesses, jobs and the economy, adding: "Otherwise we will not be thanked for the mess that we end up in."Mrs May responded saying that she was working for a Brexit deal that would ensure prosperity for our economy going into the future". This left the Conservatives out of office for 28 years. Peel, a Tory leader in the 1840s, went against his manifesto and the majority of the party by backing the abolition of punitive tariffs installed by the "Corn Laws".

"At least he did so for a policy that worked".

Simon Hoare, MP for North Dorset, took to Twitter to tell Rees-Mogg: "The hectoring nonsense / blackmail has to stop, the reality of parliamentary arithmetic dawn and the calamity of a Corbyn Government woken up to".

Business minister Richard Harrington and two foreign office ministers - Sir Alan Duncan and Alistair Burt - all rounded on him for his comments.

In a podcast for the ConservativeHome website, he said there had been a "breakdown in collective responsibility" in the Cabinet, with pro-EU ministers openly promoting solutions "against the Prime Minister's speeches, against the position formally of the Cabinet and against the manifesto".

The Times of London reported Monday that a senior civil servant in the department overseeing negotiations with the EU had briefed ministers on the dire situation, telling them they had no chance of a bespoke trade deal in which British companies would have privileged access to the European market.

Cabinet tensions are high ahead of the Chequers gathering, with the potential for Brexiteer ministers such as Mr Johnson to quit unless they get their way. Firstly, the new customs partnership (NCP), where the United Kingdom stays within the European Union customs system and collects tariffs on Brussels' behalf.

Details of the new plan have not been revealed publicly but senior ministers will discuss it at Chequers, the prime minister's country retreat, on Friday, the BBC understands.

Theresa May called on European Union leaders to show flexibility and look "seriously" at the UK's Brexit plans as Tory infighting over Europe intensified ahead of crunch talks at Chequers.

In a fresh warning on Tuesday, Mr Rees-Mogg said MPs would not vote for a Brexit deal which failed to meet Mrs May's stated red lines of leaving the single market, customs union and jurisdiction of the European courts.

Mrs May said next week's Government's white paper would set out "detailed proposals for a sustainable and close future relationship" between the United Kingdom and European Union and mark "an important step in delivering the decision of the British people".

"We both need to show flexibility to build the deep relationship after we have left that is in the interests of both our peoples".



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