Former British minister calls for second vote on Brexit to end stalemate

Blanche Robertson
July 16, 2018

It is with a great deal of sadness that I have tendered my resignation as a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Treasury.

The raft of resignations leaves Prime Minster May with a significant Brexit headache, with many ministers warning that a split may be on the way.

May also wrote in the Mail on Sunday article that Britain would take a tough stance in its next round of negotiations with the EU.

The controversial plans, which detail "a common rule book" covering a new UK-EU free trade area, were presented by Mrs May as a hopeful compromise approach in Brexit talks.

She has framed her plan as a compromise avoiding the need for a hard border in Ireland while maintaining "frictionless" European Union trade and allowing the United Kingdom to negotiate free trade deals.

"We need to keep our eyes on the prize".

"I'm sure Theresa May does not want to split the Conservative Party and therefore she will find that the inevitable outcome of the parliamentary arithmetic is that she will need to change it (the Brexit policy) to keep the party united", Rees-Mogg said.

"You know, I've called it a carve out for this".

"But the legacy of Brexit can not be a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland that unpicks the historic Belfast Agreement".

"Some people have asked whether our Brexit deal is just a starting point from which we will regress", she said.

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"This would be the ultimate betrayal of the Brexit vote".

'People around the world believe passionately in Britain. She added: "I have always said I'm in this for the long term".

In practice, the Brexiteers stand little chance of success as Labour will not support them while it is unclear whether the pro-EU faction, who largely supported the Chequers plan, will press ahead with their amendment.

Ms Greening's intervention came as MPs prepared to vote in the House of Commons on Monday evening on a series of amendments meant to wreck the Prime Minister's Chequers plan for a "common".

"It does appear to me that there has been a year's worth of cloak and dagger to land us into the Chequers position", he told The Sunday Telegraph.

"The Conservatives fooled the public into believing that they had the will to carry out Brexit, but this dishonesty will never work again".

The party's European Research Group says it will reject any last attempts at compromise by Number 10 as they hope to force May to change course over Brexit or risk a no-confidence vote before the summer break by demonstrating the depth of their support.

Mr Davis meanwhile branded claims that there was no alternative to the Chequers plan as "astonishingly dishonest".

Writing in The Sunday Times, he said the Cabinet had agreed "concessions to the European Union that were so fundamental they risked undermining the whole Brexit process".

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