Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

HuffPost Verdict: Theresa May's White Paper Pleases Neither Brussels Nor Brexiteers

HuffPost Verdict: Theresa May's White Paper Pleases Neither Brussels Nor Brexiteers

Bradley said that the Brexit plan agreed by the Cabinet last week at Chequers would damage the UK's opportunities to develop global trade and be "an outward-looking nation in control of our own destiny" following Brexit.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit minister David Davis on Monday quit in protest at the plan stirring talk of a leadership challenge and sending sterling tumbling more than a cent.

The Brexit white paper has been described as the most important document to emerge since the referendum of June 2016.

Britain is now part of the EU's single market - which allows for the frictionless flow of goods and services among the 28 member states - and its tariff-free customs union for goods. Brexit meant Brexit, but now it appears Brexit means remaining subject to European laws.

This last would likely be unacceptable to Brussels, thus killing May's plan, but Rees-Mogg told AFP his aim was only "to help the government stick to some of its earlier promises".

"If the United Kingdom is able to relax some of its red lines, then the European Union should be flexible too", Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told a session of the Irish parliament.

Speaking at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Mrs May insisted that her Chequers deal delivered on the "red lines" which she set out in her Lancaster House speech a year ago.

She said the deal would end freedom of movement, the jurisdiction of the European Court of justice and "vast" British payments into the EU budget.

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Any Brexit harder than this will come alongside a major hit to our economy, our worldwide standing, and to our jobs and livelihood - but might at least deliver some of the things Brexit voters wanted: control on immigration, or more "sovereignty".

But the plan has infuriated fervent Brexit supporters in May's Conservative Party, who think it would limit Britain's ability to strike new trade deals around the world.

The government also wants to continue to remain in the European Union healthcare scheme for Britons on holiday and put in place specific social security provisions to make sure Britons living and retiring in the European Union can benefit from pension entitlements and healthcare.

Andrew Bridgen became the first Conservative MP to declare publicly that he has sent a letter of no confidence in Mrs May to the chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady. "We are supporting Theresa for PM".

"And we should all get ready for all scenarios, including a no-deal scenario".

"If anyone in the Conservative Party is then thinking about voting that down, that is the point at which they are going to endanger everything they have been trying to achieve".

Mrs May wrote in The Sun the plan was the only one which "truly respects the will of the British people".

Britain's finance ministry declined to comment on the FT report, but said finance minister Philip Hammond has argued that the EU's existing equivalence system would not work for Britain.

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