Published: Sun, July 08, 2018
Finance | By Claude Patterson

Theresa May handed 24 Brexit business questions that need answering NOW

Theresa May handed 24 Brexit business questions that need answering NOW

Prime Minister Theresa May is struggling to find agreement on post-Brexit customs arrangements so that she can take it into negotiations with the European Union as the clock ticks down to Britain's scheduled exit in March 2019.

Furthermore, the chair of the pro-leave European Research Group (ERG) warned that May could put the Conservatives out of office for years, just like another leader, Robert Peel.

The Times reports that Rees-Mogg's allies interviewed PR firms earlier this year, with sources saying the objective was to create a vehicle that could serve as a leadership campaign in the event of a contest for the Tory crown.

"At least he did so for a policy that worked".

Business minister Richard Harrington and two foreign office ministers - Sir Alan Duncan and Alistair Burt - all rounded on him for his comments. "At Chequers the prime minister must stick to her righteous cause and deliver what she has said she would, she must use her undoubted grace to persevere". "The ideological right are a minority despite their noise, and should pipe down", he said.

North Dorset MP Simon Hoare said "the hectoring nonsense" and "blackmail" had to stop and urged his party to wake up to the potential "calamity" of a Jeremy Corbyn-led government.

Mr Hammond, viewed as one of the Cabinet ministers favouring a soft Brexit, told the Commons: "I think the views of business, which is the great generator of employment and wealth and prosperity in our country, should always be taken very carefully into account".

Briefing Cabinet ministers ahead of the Chequers talks, Oliver Robbins is said to have painted a bleak picture of the situation, with a source telling The Times they came out of the meeting thinking "we were even more screwed than we were before".

Less than nine months before Britain leaves the European Union in March 2019, the government has yet to set out exactly what it wants, and progress in the negotiations remains slow.

She was dogged, however, by questions about her plans and how she would unite the cabinet behind a strategy that could be the basis of negotiation with the EU.Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, attacked Mrs May saying that her statement was almost 2,000 words but barely mentioned plans for Brexit. Secondly, the alternative was the maximum facilitation scheme (max fac), which involved new technology and trusted traders.

On Monday, Mr Johnson risked further inflaming tensions within the party when he publicly defended backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg after he warned the Prime Minister she faced the collapse of her Government if she failed to deliver on her Brexit promises. Now, with the time running out ahead of the UK's exit from the European Union, business patience is reaching breaking point.

Addressing MPs in the Commons on Monday afternoon, after a meeting with DUP leader Arlene Foster, Mrs May again stressed the United Kingdom would leave the single market and customs union.

"We both need to show flexibility to build the deep relationship after we have left that is in the interests of both our peoples".

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