Chequers Deal Is Dead, Says Tory MP Who Met Michel Barnier

06 September, 2018, 21:10 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May

That means the survey does not fully reflect any change in opinion brought about by the publication of Prime Minister Theresa May's negotiating strategy, published in early July.

"The government is walking a narrow path with people chucking rocks from both sides", he told the BBC.

After Mr Johnson's column claimed Mrs May's approach would leave the United Kingdom "lying flat on the canvass", the Number 10 spokesman said: "Boris Johnson resigned over Chequers, there's no new ideas in this article to respond to".

"In adopting the Chequers proposals, we have gone into battle with the white flag fluttering over our leading tank", he wrote.

Lord King, who was in charge of the UK's central bank from 2003 until 2013, said that credible plans should have been put in place to leave without a deal because Britain can not impose a deal on the EU.

The Brexit secretary is due to face MPs with the government's plans under attack from both sides of the European Union debate.

Updating MPs on negotiations, Raab said: "I'm mildly surprised at the suggestion that at the first sign of push-back from the European Union we should roll over - that's not what we're going to do, we're going to take a resolute, tenacious, approach to these negotiations".

The prime minister's official spokesman delivered the attack yesterday, just hours after an article by Mr Johnson was published containing severe criticism of Mrs May's Brexit proposals.

"What we need at this time is serious leadership with a serious plan and that's exactly what the country has with this Prime Minister and this Brexit plan".

British Parliament returns from its summer break on Tuesday, with finalising the Brexit deal the key focus of business.


May has to decide whether she compromises the plan or takes on the dissenters in her own party and risks being dumped out of Downing Street.

Conservative lawmaker Nick Boles said the idea was better than the Chequers proposal, which had "close to zero" chance of being approved by Parliament.

Dr Fox told the BBC: "Can you think back in all your time in politics where the Treasury have made predictions that were correct 15 years out, I can't, they didn't predict the financial crisis that happened, no-one could".

Ms Stihler, Labour MEP for Scotland, said: "The Tories' reckless gamble with the European Union referendum and Theresa May's disastrous handling of the negotiations are stretching the historic bonds that unite us".

The EU parliament also wants to vote only after Britain's parliament, to avoid endorsing a deal that may then get struck down in London.

The statement came amid growing concerns across the country about a possible no-deal Brexit in March 2019, the date Britain is set to leave the bloc. Both sides now say that deadline may slip to November or later.

The Government undertook a ministerial charm offensive over the summer to persuade the remaining 27 European Union member states of the merits of Theresa May's Chequers plan for future relations.

The pound has become more sensitive to the progress of Brexit negotiations, and the latest weakness largely reverses last week's gains, which came after the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, struck a conciliatory note in his comments. You can not play with it by picking pieces.

Raab insisted the government would instead take a "resolute, tenacious" approach to the final stage of the negotiations and that Barnier was a man "we can work with".

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