Theresa May faces fresh threat of Brexit rebellion

15 September, 2018, 04:27 | Author: Carlos George
  • About 50 Conservative lawmakers discuss ousting UK Prime Minister Theresa May: BBC

The biggest obstacle still to be resolved in the talks is the question of how to avoid customs checks and police at the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, once the United Kingdom has left the bloc.

Sterling was trading strongly up on Friday last week after the European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier said he is open to any discussion on the hot issue of the Irish border while confirming that about 90% of the Brexit deal issues have already been sorted out between the European Union and the UK. This is seen as critical by both sides, but talks have been deadlocked for months.

May's spokesman said her proposal, known as "Chequers" for the country house where it was hashed out in July, is the only serious, credible and negotiable plan available.

"If they do that I think you could make dramatic progress".

One of the people said the special Brexit summit was being lined up for the week of 12 November. There is, so far, no full exit deal and it is uncertain whether May can push an agreement through the British parliament.

"More importantly, to try and undermine a British Prime Minister who is trying to really do the impossible at the moment given the division in the British political system and across most political parties over the type of Brexit that people want or don't want".

"I think they are very unhelpful comments", the Cork TD said.

Frances O'Grady said the TUC would be prepared to back a public vote if Theresa May's Brexit deal does not deliver for workers
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If a deal has been reached by then, it will need to be approved by MPs.

Mr Baker, the former chairman of the Eurosceptic European Research Group, said Mrs May faces a massive problem because of the scale of opposition to Chequers among Tory grassroots members.

"Now is the time for this Conservative government to show how a post-Brexit Britain will be a happy and dynamic economy that fosters enterprise, that rewards the strivers and the innovators, and where people can hope to take home more of their pay to their families", he wrote.

The controversial agreement, which set out a blueprint for the future relationship with the European Union following Brexit, has led to the resignation of then-Brexit Secretary David Davis and Johnson.

The ERG is unveiling its own alternative plan for tackling the Irish border issue on Wednesday.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove - one of the leaders of the official Leave campaign who ran unsuccessfully against Mrs May - also rallied behind the Prime Minister. He urged Conservative lawmakers to get behind May, who he said was "doing a brilliant job" negotiating Brexit.

Former Brexit minister Steve Baker said he was "gravely concerned" about a potential schism in Tory ranks if the Prime Minister did not change direction. He warned his Tory colleagues to avoid "any diversion or distraction" that would prevent the government from delivering on the 2016 referendum result.

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