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Tory Party Chairman Downplays Backlash From Members Over PM’s Brexit Plan

Theresa May addresses Parliament on Monday after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigned UK releases long-awaited and already derided Brexit plan | Bradenton Herald
Steven Clarke | 14 July, 2018, 00:55

Winning the backing of the DUP for one of the amendments is particularly significant because the Northern Irish unionist party had promised to support May's government in confidence votes and Brexit policy, after the Conservatives lost their overall majority in the 2017 election.

What had been outlined so far has sparked a backlash from Brexiteers and prompted the resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson.

The European Research Group (ERG) fronted by Jacob Rees Mogg wants MPs to kill off May's facilitated customs arrangement in an amendment to Monday's bill, which calls for the United Kingdom to refuse to collect duties for the EU unless member states do likewise.

They have tabled for amendments to the Customs Bill on the eve of the government publishing a white paper setting out Theresa May's blueprint in full.

"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". She's not up to the job and if she stays on as Prime Minister we are not going to get the Brexit we voted for.

Ross Thomson, who represents Aberdeen South, used a podcast for the Brexit Central website to criticise the plans agreed by Cabinet members at Chequers.

"Plaid Cymru calls for what is best for Wales: to remain in the single market and customs union, to extend Article 50 in order to hold meaningful negotiations, and for the government to offer a people's vote between the status quo and their final deal".

Other Tories have 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.

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The resignations not only potentially weaken Prime Minister Theresa May's standing within her own party - emboldening Conservative Eurosceptics - but also undermine our negotiating position with the European Union still further.

Davis' replacement, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, said the plans called for an "innovative and unprecedented economic partnership" between Britain and the EU.

Some 48 letters would be required to trigger a vote.

But leading Eurosceptic Bernard Jenkin played down the prospects of more walkouts from Mrs May's administration.

But as the government finally announces its negotiating stance, which is widely seen as a less radical departure than businesses and pro-EU campaigners had feared, the focus will be on Brexit supporters.

Speaking at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Mrs May insisted that her Chequers deal delivered on the "red lines" which she set out in her Lancaster House speech a year ago. "We are supporting Theresa for PM", he added.

Under the plans, Britain would stick to a "common rulebook" with the European Union for goods and agricultural products in return for free trade, without tariffs or border customs checks.

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