Published: Thu, September 06, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

PM May vows no compromise on Brexit plan

PM May vows no compromise on Brexit plan

Remain supporter and former Education Secretary Justine Greening said the plan unveiled at Chequers was "now dead", and argued there was "no point having a government spending two vital months working on that" when it should be drafting a new pathway to Brexit.

As we previously reported, the French Prime Minister has asked his cabinet to work on their "no deal" plans.

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".

While stressing that the Government is not seeking a no-deal Brexit, Mr Raab said it would allow Britain to negotiate and implement new trade agreements more quickly, take swift action on immigration and hasten the end of contributions to European Union budgets.

And the spokesman added: "Boris Johnson resigned over Chequers".

May's official spokesman, James Slack, dismissed Johnson's attack, saying there were "no new ideas in this article to respond to".

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"Either of those outcomes could variously involve more serious economic consequences than anything seen so far, the fall of the Conservative government, a general election, and either the election of the dysfunctional Labour Party or another hung Parliament".

"It is fixable. The scandal is not that we have failed, but that we have not even tried", he wrote. He said that under the current plan, "we will remain in the European Union taxi; but this time locked in the boot, with absolutely no say on the destination".

Trade minister Liam Fox, who also campaigned for Brexit but still supports May, said it was now up to the European Union to respond to the British proposal, when asked whether he though further compromises would be necessary.

Asked if Arron Banks was welcome to rejoin the Tory Party, Dr Fox said: "That's up to individuals, are they willing to believe what we believe, if they do, they are welcome, the Conservative Party is a broad church".

One of Labour's biggest backers, the GMB trade union, came out on Tuesday in support of a second referendum and yesterday Labour's Andy Burnham, mayor of Manchester, said he would reluctantly support a second vote if the alternative was leaving without a deal.

And the viability of the Chequers model was also coming under question in Brussels, with Mr Barnier telling a German newspaper that he is "strongly opposed" to elements of the plan.

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Johnson said that Britain has "gone into battle with the white flag fluttering over our leading tank" and had agreed to pay a 40 billion pound ($51 billion) divorce bill in return "for two-thirds of diddly squat".

He added: "We explain our arguments so they're completely understood, we try and resolve any concerns they've got and we try to pursue those negotiations in a spirit of pragmatism".

"So you can obviously expect a continued and strong engagement with fellow European countries".

"It's very clear that the Chequers proposals are being taken seriously".

The blistering intervention comes as Mrs May faces growing opposition on Tory benches to the Chequers Cabinet compromise on the Brexit strategy which triggered the resignation from the Government of Mr Johnson. Facing a strengthening campaign among Brexiteers against her plan, May reiterated she would opt for no deal rather than make further concessions to Brussels.

Best for Britain chief executive Eloise Todd said: "This data shows the tide is turning on Brexit".

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"Well surely, it's time for some serious people to take over the negotiations?"

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