Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

About 50 Conservative lawmakers discuss ousting UK Prime Minister Theresa May

Weekly Pound to Euro exchange rate chart 80 Tory MPs prepared to vote against PM's Chequers plan, says ex-Brexit minister Steve Baker
Patty Aguilar | 14 September, 2018, 15:57

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "Whether it's through a general election or a popular vote, Mrs May should take her deal on the terms of Brexit and put it back to the people".

Scheduling a summit to conclude the withdrawal negotiations would be a sign of growing confidence among the governments of Europe that an agreement on the UK's exit is close. A few minutes after the initial increase, the pound has pared some of its gains and is trading 0.87% higher at $1.3032 as of 2.25 p.m. BST (9.25 a.m. ET).

The biggest obstacle still to be resolved in the talks is the question of how to avoid customs checks and police at the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, once the United Kingdom has left the bloc.

"I think anyone who was involved in that referendum campaign - I think it was a bad campaign on both sides - they're bound by all sorts of promises that shouldn't have been made, they carry the baggage of a awful process".

Steve Baker, a former junior Brexit minister who resigned over May's so-called Chequers proposals on Brexit, told the Press Association he was not advocating a change of leader but said May faced a massive problem at the September 30-Oct. Officials have detected some progress recently in talks on the backstop although the two sides remain far from finalising a plan, according to one person.

"I think that if we are realistic we are able to reach an agreement on the first stage of the negotiation, which is the Brexit treaty, within 6 or 8 weeks", Barnier had said at a conference in Bled Slovenia yesterday. It is far from certain that this will be the case since the Eurosceptic ERG faction of the Tory party is implacably opposed to the "Chequers agreement".

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The Commission, he said, was proposing a new "alliance with Africa" that would lead to the creation of some ten million jobs. Promoting economic development could reduce the incentives for Africans to seek a more prosperous life in Europe.

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More flights were expected to be grounded and more airports were preparing to shut down operations as the storm moves inland. Screaming winds bent trees and raindrops flew sideways as Florence's leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday.

Barnier's comments also dragged the Euro upwards yesterday, given the degree to which a smoother Brexit would alleviate pressure on the Eurozone economy.

About 50 lawmakers from the European Research Group (ERG), a grouping in May's Conservative Party which wants a sharper break with the EU, met on Tuesday night and openly discussed May's future, the BBC reported. This time, one subject dominated: how to get rid of May.

Under May's proposals, Britain will seek a free trade area for goods with the European Union, largely by accepting a "common rulebook" for goods and British participation in European Union agencies that provide authorisations for goods.

The controversial agreement, which set out a blueprint for the future relationship with the European Union following Brexit, has led to the resignation of then-Brexit Secretary David Davis and Johnson. On Wednesday, the ERG will put forward its own plan for resolving the Irish border question.

London and Brussels say they want to get a divorce deal at the October 18 EU Council or at the latest by the end of the year.

But Nadine Dorries, a Brexit supporter, said Mr Johnson's opponents were "terrified of his popular appeal" and if Mr Johnson became leader and prime minister he would deliver a "clean and prosperous" Brexit.

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