Duncan Smith urges No 10 to talk to critics of Brexit plan

14 September, 2018, 22:44 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Stephen Crabb as part of his membership of the Brexit select committee met with the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier

Unattributed comments included "everyone I know says she has to go", "she's a disaster" and "this can't go on", the BBC reported.

Pro-Brexit Tories are said to have spent several hours plotting to oust her on Tuesday night because they think she's betraying their vision of a clean break from the EU.

Publicly, the leading party sceptics pledged their loyalty.

The former Tory leader told Newsnight that a meeting with critics would carry the party with them, after a senior fellow Brexiteer warned that Theresa May's Chequers deal could split the party.

Mr Johnson spoke at an Economists for Free Trade event on Tuesday attended by a battalion of Tory Brexit big-hitters including Jacob-Rees Mogg, former Brexit secretary David Davis and his ex-deputy Steve Baker, former party leader Iain Duncan Smith and ex-Defra Secretary Owen Paterson.

The pound fell against the dollar to as low as $1.2994 but later recovered to trade flat at $1.3028.

Hammond said that "if we leave the European Union without a deal. we could expect a period when there would be some turbulence".

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Though Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29, 2019, an agreement will have to be reached months before hand in order to get the necessary ratifications though such places as the British Parliament and the European Parliament.

Backbenchers told May's chief of staff, Gavin Barwell, the prime minister must "chuck Chequers" over a dinner at No 10. The rift deepened this week with Johnson comparing May's plan to a "suicide vest" on Britain's constitution.

A number of MPs told how they had already submitted letters of no confidence to Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee, and others discussed plans to follow suit. Under Conservative rules, a leadership election is triggered if 15 percent of Conservative lawmakers, now 48 out of its 315 members of parliament (MPs), demand a vote of no confidence.

The Brexit European Research Group called for the government to agree "equivalence of United Kingdom and EU regulations" for agricultural products in order to keep the border open, and allow Brussels inspectors into Northern Ireland to check their implementation.

A group of pro-Brexit politicians and economists, meanwhile, argued Tuesday that Britain will be better off, not worse, if it leaves the European Union without a deal on future trade.

In that event, Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth said a so-called "hard Brexit" could result in the "worst of times" for the U.K. He said the U.K.is the company's "home" but that a hard Brexit would cost Jaguar Land Rover, which is owned by India's Tata Motors, more than 1.2 billion pounds ($1.6 billion) a year.

They claim their blueprint would allow the United Kingdom to leave the EU's single market and customs union while maintaining a "free-flowing" border in Ireland.

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