Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Deep divisions in British politics with just 200 days to Brexit

Deep divisions in British politics with just 200 days to Brexit

The rift in May's party deepened this week, with her former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who quit the cabinet over the Chequers proposal, comparing May's plan in a newspaper column to putting a "suicide vest" on Britain's constitution.

The boss of Jaguar Land Rover, Ralf Speth, said at the Zero Emission Vehicle Summit in Birmingham that a hard Brexit would cost his company "more than £1.2billion a year" and his workforce tens of thousands of jobs.

She is aiming to strike a deal with Brussels by autumn, that will then be voted on by MPs in Britain, and the EU27.

BORIS JOHNSON has said Theresa May's Chequers plan for Brexit is "worse than the status quo". An informal summit in Salzburg this month between the EU's 27 remaining leaders is emerging as one of the most significant Brexit discussions since the bloc first set its strategy for talks. "We aren't expecting the European Union to change Barnier's guidelines, but we hope the leaders will tell them to interpret them in such a way as to make a deal possible", said one senior British official".

With just 200 days to go to the scheduled date of Brexit, Mr Baker said that the PM would lack credibility with Brussels negotiators if she tried to press ahead with her departure plan at the party conference without the backing of her party.

Once a deal is reached, it has to go to the United Kingdom parliament and the European Parliament for approval.

Barnier refused to comment on the divisions in the governing British Conservative Party over Brexit.

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Mr Baker, a former chairman of the influential pro-Brexit European Research Group of Conservatives, urged Mrs May to negotiate a free trade agreement instead of the Chequers plan.

The pound has lurched up and down on nearly every Brexit-related headline in the past week, as traders struggle to decipher whether Britain can avoid a no-deal Brexit when it leaves the EU. "Under the first, Chequers will be parked until talks resume after Brexit day for a loosely-worded fudge on the future relationship instead.The second option is to abandon it altogether and return to a more basic Canada style free trade agreement - but only if the European Union gives way on its Irish border hardline".

At a conference in the Alpine lake resort of Bled in northwestern Slovenia, Michel Barnier said a Brexit deal was "not far" and that some 80 per cent of the withdrawal agreement had been agreed.

After the launching of a report by Economists for Britain yesterday, the ERG intends to release its proposals to solve the Irish border question today, says Reuters.

A number at the meeting said they had already submitted letters of no confidence in May, the source told the BBC.

"Brexit is a negative negotiation, unfortunately".

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