Published: Thu, July 12, 2018

Conservative rebels target Theresa May's Brexit plan

Conservative rebels target Theresa May's Brexit plan

"The PM urges all of the Conservative party to get behind the plan as the cabinet (of ministers) has agreed at Chequers (her country residence)".

The move could potentially wipe out May's parliamentary majority when the Bill goes before MPs on Monday in the first eye-catching course of action instigated by hardline Brexiteers post-Chequers.

"Any deal that the Prime Minister gets has to be to voted through Parliament and voted into law and if it is this bad deal from Chequers that keeps us ineffectively in, the European Court of Justice would remain effectively the supreme court in goods and agri-goods and that won't get through parliament and people like me will vote it down".

"It is with regret that I am writing to inform you of my decision to resign as a Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party following the collective agreement by Cabinet on the Chequers Brexit deal", Maria Caufield said in her letter of resignation to Prime Minister Theresa May.

After President Trump said he still wanted to meet with Boris Johnson - May's former Cabinet colleague who resigned his position Monday with a scathing letter making clear his objections to her Brexit plan - U.S. Ambassador Woody Johnson said he'd work to facilitate the meeting. However, it is far fewer than half of the party's 316 MPs, the number required to win such a vote.

Jacob Rees-Mogg has accused the Prime Minister from running away from her promises with the Chequers deal.

Reports suggested the Prime Minister would face a vote of no confidence in her leadership.

Arriving at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, the Prime Minister said: "It's there because it delivers on the vote that people gave on Brexit, it delivers the fact that we will have an end to free movement, we will have an end to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the United Kingdom, we won't be sending vast contributions to the EU every year, we'll be out of the Common Agricultural Policy, out of the Common Fisheries Policy".

May says the plan will deliver frictionless trade with Europe and avoid a hard border between the UK's Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland.


The four amendments to the customs bill were put down a day before Thursday's publication of a white paper policy document giving details of the prime minister's plans.

But leading Eurosceptic Bernard Jenkin played down the prospects of more walkouts from Mrs May's administration.

"Nor do we expect a leadership challenge. We are supporting Theresa for PM".

Speaking on Sky News, he said: "I think they might have been taken to Brussels and to Berlin before they were presented at Chequers which is a serious question".

"I think, and I'm delighted, that good sense seems to be breaking out", Lord Howard told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

A former Conservative leader has warned Eurosceptics could "endanger everything they're trying to achieve" if they vote down Theresa May's Brexit plans.

When quizzed over possible alterations to the Brexit blueprint, Mrs May is said to have made an extraordinary excuse saying: "No that's not possible".

One disgruntled Tory MP even declined an invitation to watch England's World Cup semi-final clash with Croatia at 10 Downing Street because of his unhappiness with Mrs May's Brexit plans.

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