Labour will challenge UK PM May on her Brexit deal,…

Frederick Owens
September 25, 2018

Criticism of the prime minister's Chequers strategy from key Eurosceptics has ramped up in recent days, with former Brexit secretary David Davis and chairman of the ERG Jacob Rees-Mogg both backing a proposal put forward by the Institute of Economic Affairs based on the EU-Canada trade agreement.

"I think a bad deal would be a deal that broke up the United Kingdom", May said when asked whether a no-deal Brexit was better than one similar to the existing Canada-EU trade deal.

"At this late stage in the negotiations, it is not acceptable to simply reject the other side's proposals without a detailed explanation and counter proposals", said May.

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.

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.

Speaking to reporters on her way to NY to attend the United Nations General Assembly, May said she welcomed a subsequent acknowledgement from European Council President Donald Tusk that the bloc still wanted to strike a deal.

UK PM May's ministers still fully behind her Brexit plans: Spokesman

He said the prize of a more prosperous future for Britain came only from it having an independent trade and regulation policy.

Earlier on Tuesday, Labour said it was likely to oppose any deal negotiated by Theresa May as it did not meet its six tests, lessening the chances of it getting through Parliament.

May's aides have reportedly already begun to draw up contingency plans for a snap election, the Sunday Times reported, citing two senior members at Downing Street.

"They will have to recognise looking at their vote that what we are doing is delivering on the vote of the British people in the referendum".

"I think there is an understanding that we're approaching the endpoint of these negotiations, and there will need to be some movement on the European Union side", he said.

The broadcaster's political editor Laura Kuenssberg notes that ending freedom of movement has become a "rhetorical non-negotiable for Theresa May".

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