Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

United Kingdom set to publish Brexit plan that sparked rebellion

United Kingdom set to publish Brexit plan that sparked rebellion

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.

British Prime Minister Theresa May chaired a meeting of her new-look Cabinet on Tuesday as she clings to power following the resignation of her Foreign and Brexit Ministers in protest at her strategy for leaving the EU.

Under Conservative Party rules, a confidence vote in a leader can be triggered if 15 percent of Conservative lawmakers - now 48 - write a letter requesting one. However, the jolt has come at an inopportune moment as Britain is engaged in crucial negotiations with European officials to hammer out a deal ahead of an EU summit in Europe.

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab is insisting the Government's new European Union withdrawal proposals stay true to the referendum result while backing business.

Tory Nigel Evans said Olly Robbins, the PM's top European Union adviser, appears to have "taken control of the entire negotiation" and "rammed us further away from the Brexit" people voted for. The cold realities of business opportunities, and not historic nostalgia, will decide India's future engagements with the UK.

The plan has unleashed a rebellion by Brexit hardliners who fear it may prevent Britain from concluding free-trade agreements with third countries and effectively turn the country into a "vassal state" or "colony" of the EU.

They've said it must be one or the other, and that a deep and frictionless free-trade arrangement must be bundled with the single market's free movement of people.

In her resignation letter, Caulfield warned that May's policy "may assuage vested interests, but the voters will find out and their representatives will be found out".

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Some 64% of Britons do not trust her to run Brexit negotiations - up 31 percentage points from when we last asked the question in March 2017.

He said as much in a damning resignation letter, lamenting that the Brexit Dream was "dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt".

Britain and the European Union hope to reach broad agreement by October so the national parliaments of the remaining countries can ratify a deal before Britain leaves. "I like Boris Johnson, I've always liked him".

Brexit-backing MPs, including leading eurosceptic Conservative Jacob Rees-Mogg, will also seek to force her hand by tabling amendments to a trade bill being debated in the House of Commons next week.

Speaking to BBC radio yesterday, he said he hoped Britain would "resist very strongly any attempt to get any further concessions". "The Prime Minister can't deliver Brexit and has zero authority left".

Britain voted for Brexit in June 2016, but May has so far been unable to present a common position to Brussels on what she wants because of deep divisions in her government.

This has angered some Conservative backbenchers, who say it will prevent the United Kingdom from having its own independent trade policy, and they want to see the Chequers blueprint rewritten.

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