UK leader attacked over Brexit strategy

Christopher Davidson
September 4, 2018

"The UK has agreed to hand over £40 billion of taxpayers' money for two-thirds of diddly squat", he blasted.

The proposed Brexit deal agreed at Chequers is "at an end", former Brexit minister David Jones has said.

However, Number 10 hit back at the ex-cabinet minister with the withering verdict that Mr Johnson's column presented "no new ideas to respond to".

Archrival Boris Johnson inflamed speculation that he aims to oust May by branding her plan for Brexit "a disaster".

When asked how they would vote if a referendum on Scotland's future was held after the United Kingdom leaves the EU, 47 per cent said they would support independence, with 43 per cent saying they would opt to stay part of the Union.

It comes after the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier told German newspaper FAZ he is "strongly opposed" to the British Prime Minister's "Chequers" proposals, saying they amount to cherry-picking and could "end" the European Union because other third countries might ask for the same.

And the spokesman added: "Boris Johnson resigned over Chequers".

Ms Patel, a leading pro-Brexit voice in the lead up to the referendum in favour of Britain's exit from the European Union in June 2016, has previously called on the government to be "tougher" in its negotiations with Brussels.

The tough comments came as former Brexit secretary David Davis branded the Chequers blueprint as being "actually nearly worse than being in" the EU.

With Parliament due to return Tuesday from its summer break, Johnson and his fellow Brexit enthusiasts are not the only obstacle May faces as she tries to get her Brexit deal past the Conservative Party, Britain's Parliament and the EU.

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However, the impasse over the Irish border question remains unresolved, and internal opposition within the governing Conservative party to Prime Minister Theresa May's blueprint for future EU-UK relations could also derail the talks. "We can't get to Nirvana in one step".

"That is exactly what the Chequers plan does, but it also safeguards the vital interests of our economy".

He said that under the Chequers plan, "we will remain in the European Union taxi, but this time locked in the boot, with absolutely no say on the destination". The embassy posted on their Facebook page yesterday to say they are aware of people's concerns over this, however Connexion has asked if they can confirm they are in active discussions with the French on the plans for British expatriates and if clarifications will come soon.

"We want to leave with a good deal and we are confident we can reach one", wrote May.

Dr Fox told the BBC: "Can you think back in all your time in politics where the Treasury have made predictions that were correct 15 years out, I can't, they didn't predict the financial crisis that happened, no-one could".

Writing in the Telegraph, Mr Johnson compared withdrawal negotiations between Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier to a rigged wrestling match.

As the UK's parliamentary recess period of August comes to an end and the political parties in the country prepare for their annual party conferences this month, the battle lines around Brexit are expected to deepen further.

"Well surely, it's time for some serious people to take over the negotiations?"

That means an overall switch of 1.6 million people who first voted Leave but now want to stay in the EU.

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