Published: Tue, November 13, 2018

UK’s May Expected to Unveil Brexit Draft to Ministers at Cabinet Meeting

UK’s May Expected to Unveil Brexit Draft to Ministers at Cabinet Meeting

In this October 24, 2018, file photo, British Prime Minister Theresa May listens during a meeting inside 10 Downing Street in London.

Earlier, Mrs May's de facto deputy David Lidington raised hopes that a deal was close - saying they were "almost within touching distance".

'We have agreed to become the punk of Brussels, signing up not just to their existing rulebook but to huge chunks of future regulation - even though we will have no say in drafting that legislation'.

Mrs May told the audience at the Guildhall in London that while both sides wanted to achieve a viable Withdrawal Agreement, "what we are negotiating is immensely difficult".

Former transport minister Jo Johnson said he made a decision to quit Mrs May's Government last week because he was concerned at reports she was planning a publicity campaign which he said amounted to a "calculated deceit".

"No one is fooled by this theatre. Delay after staged-managed delay", former foreign secretary Boris Johnson said. "A deal will be reached and it will mean surrender by the United Kingdom", he tweeted.

"The essence of the idea - that the United Kingdom should remain in the customs union and the single market for goods and agri-food - is what the backstop entails. People did not vote for colony status".

The government's pledge to extend the same visa rules to EU citizens post-Brexit could mean many Europeans fall foul of the eligibility criteria, as several of the roles most popular among EU citizens pay less than the £30,000 threshold.

EU's chief negotiator for the UK's withdrawal from the bloc on Monday said there was still no agreement on a Brexit deal.

Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Mr Johnson says the PM is "on the verge of total surrender" to Brussels and her proposals are "a recipe for continued strife". "It has got to be one that works in terms of feeling we can deliver on the referendum result and that is why there is a measure of caution".

This year, she said that the action taken since - including the largest ever coordinated expulsion of Russian intelligence officers - had "fundamentally degraded" Russia's intelligence capability.

Mrs May might now be forced to pull the trigger within days on full-blown preparations for the country crashing out - after officials warned that there is no chance the contingency plans will be ready by March otherwise.

"You may have to run the two things in parallel".

Mrs May's government and European Union officials reportedly working non-stop to secure a new Brexit deal by Wednesday so it can be agreed by leaders in Brussels at the end of November.

Eurosceptics in May's Conservative party, who have long complained about her leadership over Brexit, fear the pressure of time will cause her to give away too much in the negotiations.

Around half a dozen ministers, including Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and Environment Secretary Michael Gove, are said to believe a no-deal Brexit would be better than the proposals on the table from Brussels.

It said they met for drinks at International Trade Secretary Liam Fox's office on Monday night to discuss their concerns.

May tried to offer reassurance in her speech.

"The PM has said it can't be a deal at any price", Lidington told BBC radio.

Eighteen percent of companies said they did not know how the pound would shift after Brexit and almost two-thirds said they were not doing anything to prepare for a weaker pound, the survey showed. "This will not be an agreement at any cost".

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