Tories ‘screwed’ unless Theresa May shifts Brexit policy, says pro-Leave MP

Jack Taylor  Getty Images David Davis

Jack Taylor Getty Images David Davis

Brexit has now morphed into an unprecedented tsunami threatening to destroy every British interest in its path. Threats of betrayal against Prime Minister May with her soft Brexit configuration adopted at the Chequers Cabinet retreat last weekend have been made by senior Conservatives.

Britain's endless self-inflicted turmoil over Brexit has taken a fresh turn, with Prime Minister Theresa May's new plan for a post-Brexit trade agreement and the resignations of key ministers from her government.

Her plans, which also argue for Britain to set its own trade tariffs and open up services markets, are an attempt to meet the demands of businesses, pro-EU voters, Brexit supporters and the European Union, which has warned repeatedly that time is running out.

Ben Bradly's letter of resignation struck a similar tone, saying: "I have come to the conclusion that I can not in good faith be a spokesman for the party or for Government on this issue" of the government's Brexit position.

The point is that next week the Remainer rebels in her party are certain to withdraw the amendments they put down to the Customs and Trade bills, which would have compelled her to keep the United Kingdom in a customs union with the EU and to nudge her towards membership of the European single market - which are anathema to her.

Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit minister David Davis quit at the start of this week in protest over the strategy.

There appears to be no immediate challenge to Ms May's leadership, as the Brexit hardliners simply do not have the numbers, and her Conservative Party seems set to weather this storm, despite deep divisions on the issue.

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He was more enthusiastic about Johnson, calling him "a friend of mine".

Johnson followed Brexit Secretary David Davis out the door as a hard-won government consensus on future trade ties with the bloc disintegrated less than three days after it was forged, and nine months before Britain is due to leave the EU. Kat Malthouse, a work and pensions minister, replaced Dominic Raab as housing minister and Chris Heaton-Harris became a junior minister at the Brexit department, replacing Steve Baker.

"Brexit will be softened, which is to say undermined: turned from a passionate cry for democratic independence into a bureaucratic exercise of pursuing slow-motion semi-divergence from the European Union while actually kind of staying in", O'Neill wrote.

"It would deliver on both sides' commitments to Northern Ireland and Ireland, avoiding a hard border without compromising the EU's autonomy or the UK's sovereignty".

The FT said Britain wanted to be the country outside the bloc with the closest relationship in financial services to what will then be the EU's 27 member countries.

"I would be surprised if one [a leadership contest] is precipitated and if there is, I suspect she'd win it", he said.

The British government released detailed plans Thursday for what it calls a "principled pragmatic and ambitious" Brexit - plans that have already triggered the resignation of two top ministers, and which face likely resistance from the European Union.

He said: "I think we are living in dramatic and unpredictable times". Finally, on July 6, May made her choice, opting for an approach that would require the accept certain European Union rules on goods and products but reject its regulations for services-a kind of softish Brexit that she hoped European Union leaders might accept, even if the hard-liners in her Cabinet did not. Two Conservative lawmakers, Maria Caulfield and Ben Bradley, quit as vice-chairmen of the party on Tuesday over opposition to May's proposals. May's plan. "We will protect [the EU's] single market, which is based on the indivisibility of what we call the four freedoms - of people, goods, services and capital", Mr. Barnier told a conference in NY on Tuesday.

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