Published: Tue, September 25, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

UK's May tells ministers to hold their nerve over Brexit

UK's May tells ministers to hold their nerve over Brexit

As ministers gathered at 10 Downing Street the prime minister said she remained confident of securing a withdrawal agreement with the EU.

Meanwhile, ministers have warned of the risk of disruption to flights in the event of the United Kingdom leaving without a deal.

Meanwhile, hardline Brexiteers piled pressure on Mrs May to ditch her Chequers blueprint for future relations with the EU.

JACOB REES-MOGG channelled his inner Mary Poppins yesterday as he urged Theresa May to seek a Canada-style free trade deal with the EU.

He also said that for there to be compromise over a Brexit deal, the European Union also needed to shift its position. It was also hailed by former foreign secretary Boris Johnson.

'This is about how you can have a fantastic Brexit that sets us up for the next generation and ensures our prosperity, ' he said.

He added: 'We're now, bluntly, in a cul-de-sac.' But Confederation of British Industry director Carolyn Fairburn warned a Canada-style deal would create friction at borders, would not solve the Irish border and would damage supply chains affecting thousands of jobs.

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Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab was supportive of the Prime Minister and said it was a "good, healthy discussion".

Dominic Raab's remarks were a direct response to driving European Union federalist Emmanuel Macron, the French President, who said last week that MPs who have been positive about Brexit and have spoken of benefits are "liars" and that other nations who decide to leave will suffer.

At the Cabinet meeting in 10 Downing Street, Mrs May said it had always been clear that negotiations would at some point come to a critical stage.

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 will challenge this government on whatever deal it brings back on our six tests, on jobs, on living standards, on environmental protections", Corbyn said at a rally in Liverpool, confirming an earlier report that his party plans to call for an election if the deal is defeated in the parliament.

'So, we are going to hold our nerve, but continue to negotiate in good faith'.

The move - created to demonstrate the seriousness of preparations for a no-deal Brexit - follows Mrs May's dramatic live broadcast from Downing Street on Friday, when she criticised Brussels for a lack of "respect".

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