Friday, 16 November, 2018

May secures cabinet backing for 'soft Brexit'

Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz Opening doors Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz hinted negotiations could continue beyond the Article 50 deadline to avoid a hard Brexit
Russell Knight | 10 July, 2018, 14:06

Of more relevance is whether the position will be acceptable, if at all, to Brussels, which has been strongly pushing back against proposals proposed by London so far.

"Brexit should be about opportunity and hope", Johnson said in a resignation letter.

"A deal that guarantees us access to the (EU's single market) until such time as we chose regulatory divergence?..."

The "no deal" option means the United Kingdom and EU may fail to reach a formal agreement when Britain is automatically removed from the union this March; prompting market chaos and severe uncertainty over immigration, trade, travel, and finances.

Any final deal must be approved by the House of Commons, where May has only a small majority thanks to the pro-Brexit Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party.

Peter Bone, a Eurosceptic MP allied to Mr Davis, told the BBC that he didn't see how the prime minister could get her Brexit plans through Parliament, and also that he couldn't see how she continue in her position if she didn't give into anger from the Conservative backbenches.

An agreement was announced after the 12-hour meeting, but many Brexiteers have been unhappy with the deal which they think will lead to the "worst of both worlds".

Davis has form on resigning if he disagrees with his party.

But Mrs May told the Sunday Times: "The only challenge that needs to be made now is to the European Union to get serious about this, to come round the table and discuss it with us".

Uniting her cabinet was a big win for May, after two years of very public splits.

Mr Bridgen, writing in the Mail on Sunday, said Jacob Rees-Mogg - leader of the pro-Brexit European Research Group - was now the only credible challenger to Mrs May after the failure by Cabinet ministers to oppose the Chequers plan.

May was forced to ditch her preferred option for a customs partnership, which would have seen Britain collecting tariffs on goods entering the country on the EU's behalf, under pressure from Brexit campaigners in her government.

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May paid tribute to Boris Johnson and David Davis after they left their roles as foreign and Brexit minister respectively in protest at her Brexit plan, sparking a crisis in her government.

But she told MPs: "We do not agree on the best way to deliver our shared commitments to honour the result of the referendum".

But the Press Association understands that Mr Davis, who signed up to the plan agreed by the Cabinet at Chequers on Friday, has now quit.

Their complaints raise a question mark over whether May can win backing in parliament for her plans if any deal with the European Union is agreed later this year, and some suggest several of them could try to trigger a leadership contest against her. Such a proposal would nearly certainly be rejected by the EU.

The UK would of course continue to play a strong role in shaping the worldwide standards that underpin them, and Parliament would have oversight of the incorporation of these rules into the UK's legal order - with the ability to choose not to do so, recognizing that this would have consequences. They fear that Mrs May would have to make more concessions on issues such as the free movement of people and payments to the European Union budget to get a business-friendly exit deal, with minimum border friction.

What was the reaction in the Commons?

Sky Sources have confirmed that Mr Johnson repeatedly used the phrase at the away day at Chequers, the prime minister's country retreat.

"This government by cowardice isn't taking us in a good direction. What can the Prime Minister say to them that will actually reassure them that there will be no further concessions?"

What has been the reaction from the EU?

What does it all mean for Brexit?

"It's more important to do what you have promised the British electorate than stick by lines in the sand".

Business minister Greg Clark said he was confident ministers would reach an agreement on future customs plans, with the government focused on supporting jobs.

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