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Tory rebel demands unity government over Brexit shambles

Cardboard cutouts of the 12 'superhero' Tory rebels at a Brexit protest Cardboard cutouts of the 12 'superhero' Tory rebels at a Brexit protest Credit dan kitwood getty images
Jean Garcia | 19 July, 2018, 17:58

When Johnson announced his intent to speak, some commentators wondered if his address might be something akin to the 1990 resignation speech by Geoffrey Howe that preceded the downfall of Margaret Thatcher as prime minister.

Such an attitude smacks of hubris.

Conservative International Trade Minister Liam Fox argued that the legislation will provide "stability and continuity" to companies until the United Kingdom can reach its own trade deals at the end of the 21-month transition period following Brexit, which will be enacted on March 29, 2019.

He praised Theresa May's "courage and resilience" and said he agreed with the "vision for this country she set out with great clarity at Lancaster House on Jan 17 last year".

Having delivered his speech, Mr Johnson quickly left the Chamber.

"We must try now because we will not get a chance again".

The prime minister insisted she was confident Britain had enough time to negotiate a deal with the European Union before leaving in March next year.

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"Every month, 37 million packs of medicine arrive in the United Kingdom from the European Union and 45 million move the other way ... therefore, it is essential that the United Kingdom continues to participate in the EMA after Brexit, as set out in the Brexit White Paper and in the prime minister's Mansion House speech". "We have changed tack once and we can change again".

He also suggested the issue of the border in Northern Ireland had been allowed "to become so politically charged as to dominate the debate".

After Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin presented a united front on Monday to deny Russian collusion in the U.S. election - comments that Trump has since backtracked on - Johnson condemned Russia's "barbaric use of chemical weapons".

"Far from making laws in Westminster, there are large sectors in which ministers will have no power to initiate, innovate, or even deviate", he said, describing the Chequers approach as "volunteering for economic vassalage". "I've no doubt Jacob Rees-Mogg is running our country". MPs voted 305 to 301 against the government in order to try and keep the United Kingdom in the European Medicines Agency after it leaves the EU, for fear of delays in patients receiving the correct medication, according to the BBC.

Chairman Graham Brady is obliged to call a vote if 15 per cent of Tory MPs write to him calling for one - now 48 MPs.

Labour's David Lammy said: "Boris Johnson's after-dinner speaking fee must have plummeted faster than the pound after that dreary, self-important resignation speech". All it shows is that while the vehicle is careering towards the Brexit cliff-edge, senior Conservatives are still fighting over what song to play on the stereo.

Asked by the head of a parliamentary committee whether she would warn the public about the consequences of a "no deal" Brexit, May answered: "You have based your question on an assumption that said we were getting closer to a no deal scenario".

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