Published: Tue, November 13, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Four UK ministers on verge of quitting over Brexit

Four UK ministers on verge of quitting over Brexit

Yet among repeated concessions to the European Union in negotiations by the Prime Minister and her civil service team led by staunch Europhile Olly Robbins, concern has grown that the statement was merely lip service.

To make matters worse, four more Remainer ministers are said to be on the brink of quitting, after Boris Johnson's brother Jo walked out demanding another referendum to reverse the whole process.

In a scathing resignation letter he said that the Prime Minister was presenting the country with "two deeply unattractive outcomes - vassalage and chaos".

"Negotiators are still engaged and a number of issues are outstanding".

Johnson, who has on occasion been seen as a potential leadership candidate for his party and nation but has repeatedly failed to act at decisive moments, continued: "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...."

Ministers remain on standby to return to Downing Street if the talks - which went late into the night for a second successive day on Tuesday - do make a breakthrough.

The former transport minister resigned from his government position last week in protest of the Brexit agreement proposed by Mrs May.

"No one is fooled by this theater". Delay after staged managed delay.

An influential and vocal section of May's ruling Conservative Party supports having no deal with the European Union if a deal means sharing elements of sovereignty, such as control over trade deals, tariffs and borders.

With Wednesday widely seen as the deadline for an agreement if the European Union is to summon a special summit this month to approve a deal, Mr Lidington insisted it was still possible within that timeframe.

When asked if he believed it was possible a deal could be secured in the next 24 or 48 hours, he replied it is "still possible but not at all definite, I think pretty much sums it up".

He added: "We have to ensure that the backstop is supported and protected in the withdrawal agreement". This was always going to be an extremely hard, extremely complex negotiation, but we are nearly within touching distance now.

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PM May's aim to achieve a deal and parliamentary ratification before Christmas looks challenging, given unresolved issues and splits within the government.

Lidington declined to say whether the United Kingdom would have to start preparing in earnest for a no-deal if no deal was clinched by the end of Wednesday as newspapers have reported.

"I am not going to put dates to particular ascribed actions", he said.

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

Britain wants to seal a deal this fall, so that Parliament has time to vote on it before the United Kingdom leaves the bloc on March 29.

The prime minister is under pressure from both Brexiteers and pro-EU MPs as she tries to seal a deal with the EU on the terms for the UK's exit on 29 March 2019.

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"Most people in Northern Ireland either want [to remain in the EU] or to have the backstop", he said, adding that a no-deal Brexit would damage the local economy, which relies heavily on unfettered access to the Irish market and the free movement of people.

Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education, Minister for Women and Equalities arrives for a cabinet meeting after the general election in London, June 12, 2017.

"Nothing would be served by coming out of the debate we will have on the meaningful vote with people feeling they were not in full possession of the arguments and the evidence in order to take the decision", he said.

Mrs May appeared to be addressing those fears by telling City officials Monday that there "will not be an agreement at any cost".

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