Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

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


"I am just saying I think he would be a great Prime Minister".

She wrote in the Mail on Sunday that negotiators do not get to pick and choose the deal.

"I know there are some who have concerns about the "common rule book" for goods and the customs arrangements which we have proposed will underpin the new UK-EU free trade area".

"It's not what they want, and on top of that when they hear that Leave voters are unhappy, they ask, 'What's the point?' For Leavers, this deal simply does not deliver the proper break from the European Union that they wanted".

She invited Conservative lawmakers who she hopes to persuade to back her Brexit plan, including Cheryl Gillan, John Penrose and Edward Leigh, to her Chequers country retreat shortly after Trump's entourage departed. "If we don't, we risk ending up with no Brexit at all", she said.

The amendments to be voted on Monday are unlikely to pass without Labour support, but they represent a show of power by Brexiteer MPs toward the prime minister.

Meanwhile, US president Donald Trump said Mrs May needed a "carve out" in any Brexit agreement to ensure the United Kingdom can make a deal with the US.

But the environment secretary said he was not sure he possessed the "diplomatic skills" to bring Mr Trump round to his line of thinking. He said that he had taken the "very hard decision" to resign "to express discontent" in votes. "I am going to fight for our Brexit deal - because it is the right deal for Britain".

May will get a sense of where she stands on Monday when the Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) returns to the House of Commons.

"In terms of who ultimately holds the pen on the papers that go to Cabinet for collective decision, it has been the Cabinet Office's Europe Unit, and they have clearly been operating to a different ultimate goal to the one what we were operating to".

Mrs May has said she was forced to come forward with revised proposals after two options put forward by the European Union were deemed unacceptable.

She added: 'Things have moved on from that very clear message that Brexit means Brexit, and that is why we are rightfully questioning the legislation, putting forward new clauses and amendments, and saying not just to the Prime Minister but the whole of government reconsider, look again and work with us'.

The Chequers agreement has already led to the resignations of high-profile cabinet members David Davis and Boris Johnson. It prompted the resignation of Boris Johnson and David Davis from the cabinet, as well as the departures of Baker and a string of more junior ministers.

'It is time for all of us - at this critical moment in our constitutional development - to believe in ourselves, to believe in the British people and what they can do, and in our democracy, ' he wrote.

The first minister also described the UK's Brexit plan, published last week, as a "vaguely credible" negotiating position.

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