UK PM May's ministers still fully behind her Brexit plans: Spokesman

Cheryl Sanders
September 25, 2018

A threatened rebellion from Brexiteer ministers demanding that Mrs May seek a looser, Canada-style deal with the European Union failed to materialise after she told colleagues to hold their nerve in the face of opposition from Brussels.

Mr Rees-Mogg, whose former nanny now cares for his own six children, was speaking at the launch of a free trade blueprint by the Institute for Economic Affairs.

The Chequers plan has also faced criticism from both pro-Brexit and pro-EU politicians in Britain, and while Raab admitted it had shortcomings, he said it was the only way to deliver Brexit.

Although the United Kingdom government is trying to reformulate the backstop proposal, the current wording would require Northern Ireland to remain in the customs union and the single market, separating it off from the rest of the United Kingdom by creating a customs border in the Irish Sea - something the prime minister has said she will never accept.

Britain's opposition Labour Party will vote this week on whether there should be a second referendum on the outcome of the Brexit talks, although its finance spokesman said on Monday these would be on any final deal struck rather than on reversing the process altogether.

The prime minister said the government's White Paper remained the only plan on the table which achieves the goals of frictionless trade and an open border in Ireland.

'We're now, bluntly, in a cul-de-sac, I'm afraid Salzburg was all too predictable, ' he said.

Mr Raab hit back, telling the BBC's Andrew Marr Show: "I think that's not the kind of language of either statesmanship or friendship, particularly at a summit".

The Sun newspaper later quoted a Downing Street official decrying the Times article as "utter hogwash".

Labour's shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer said Labour was deliberately not being prescriptive about a question that could be posed in a second European Union referendum, adding it was not ruling out an option of staying in the EU.

The Telegraph said while the majority of Labour members backed a people's vote, senior figures in the party figures have taken opposing views over what it should look like.

May is now expected to make an announcement on future immigration rules at her Conservative party's conference next week, before likely introducing proposals later this year.

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