British PM May could change her mind on Brexit - Conservative lawmaker

Blanche Robertson
July 13, 2018

Ross Thomson, a prominent Leave campaigner in Scotland, condemned Mrs May's Chequers plan, which seeks to maintain close ties with the EU.

His resignation this afternoon from the Foreign Office, in response to May's Soft Brexit plan agreed at Chequers on Friday, and following the resignation of Brexit secretary David Davis last night, ends a period of political prevarication we haven't seen since Boris Johnson couldn't make up his mind about whether to back Leave or Remain at the European Union referendum.

It has also prompted Tory Eurosceptics to table amendments to a key bill on customs arrangements that could kill off Mrs May's vision for future relations with the EU.

Mrs May today publishes her long-awaited Brexit White Paper setting out the full details of the Chequers agreement.

"What I found when I was talking to people on Saturday, I was out canvassing on Saturday, people like the fact that we are delivering on what they voted for".

The Head of Consumer Research for the parcel export experts ParcelHero, David Jinks MILT, says: 'While staying in the Customs Union would have been the best result for exporters apprehensive about new tariffs and red tape sending a parcel between the United Kingdom and EU; Theresa May's compromise deal at Chequers at least proposed a free trade area for industrial goods and a very promising sounding "combined customs territory".

Mr Thomson said the plan would be the equivalent of being "in the customs union in all but name, in the single market in all but name, and essentially still under the jurisdiction" of the European Court of Justice.

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Ross Thomson, who represents Aberdeen South, used a podcast for the Brexit Central website to criticise the plans agreed by Cabinet members at Chequers. Brexit meant Brexit, but now it appears Brexit means remaining subject to European laws.

'The Chequers deal is a plan that has been put together, it's been agreed by government, ' she said as she arrived in Brussels for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

Amid growing discontent on the Tory backbenches, Brexiteer Andrea Jenkyns warned that more resignations could follow those of Mr Johnson, Mr Davis, Brexit minister Steve Baker, two Conservative vice-chairs and two parliamentary aides.

The Prime Minister has repeatedly said free movement will end.

A handful of ministers below cabinet level have also quit in protest and, amid claims No 10 has taken control of the process and marginalised the Brexit department, there has been talk of other resignations unless the government rethinks its plans. Some 48 letters are required to trigger a vote.

But leading Eurosceptic Bernard Jenkin played down the prospects of more walkouts from the administration. We need to rise to the challenge and grasp the opportunities'. "We are supporting Theresa for PM", he added.

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