Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Former Permanent International Trade Secretary: May's Brexit Plan "Better Than No Deal".

Former Permanent International Trade Secretary: May's Brexit Plan

She said ministers had "an opportunity - and a duty" to reach agreement on a plan which would command the support of both the public and Parliament.

The UK Parliament would be able to refuse to apply new European Union rules relating to the trade of goods.

The proposal, regarded as a soft form of Brexit, is created to preserve frictionless trade and the Irish border.

"Our proposal will create a UK-EU free trade area which establishes a common rule book for industrial goods and agricultural products", she said. Yes, the PM avoided the resignations that could have torn her Government apart and sparked a leadership challenge, a move that would in turn have triggered demands for another snap general election.

Mrs May told ITV News that she is restoring collective responsibility and cabinet ministers need to "come together in unity", whether they like the new deal or not.

May managed to unite her cabinet to agree to the compromise on Friday after eight hours of talks at her country residence, which news reports say included robust criticism from Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

Appearing on the BBC's The Andrew Marr sShow on Sunday, he said: "I'm a realist and one of the things about politics is you mustn't, you shouldn't, make the ideal the enemy of the good".

The one thing that comforts the Eurosceptics is May's agreement to step up "no deal" planning, "given the short period remaining before the necessary conclusion of negotiations".

British Prime Minister Theresa May views a auto on a production line during a visit to the Jaguar Land Rover factory on September 1, 2016 in Solihull, England.

May is then set to meet her MPs in the Commons on Monday evening, when the backbench 1922 Committee convenes for a special session.

However, Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, welcomed the plan and said: "I am ready to adapt our offer should the United Kingdom red lines change".

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The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said he was looking forward to the publication of the white paper and the EU would consider whether the proposals are "workable and realistic".

The EU summit in October is the next deadline for agreement.

"If the European Union is ungenerous and inflexible then we may have to contemplate walking away without a deal", he told the BBC.

Sir Donnelly also said that Theresa May's plan for post-Brexit trade was "better than no deal" which he believes would be a "catastrophe" for investments, jobs, and economy growth.

The Brexiteers also offered little in the way of an alternative plan.

Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, leader of the influential European Research Group of pro-Brexit Conservatives: "As with eggs: An egg that is very softly boiled isn't boiled at all".

"An egg which is very softly boiled isn't boiled at all; a very soft Brexit means we haven't left, we're simply a rule-taker", he observed.

Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, claimed May's plans were unworkable and a "fudge" that would be a bureaucratic nightmare to implement, as he called on the prime minister to put them to a vote in the Commons next week.

Business Secretary Greg Clark: "Very positive conclusion to Chequers meeting".

The UK is firm that it will end free movement, as well as the jurisdiction of the EU's top court in British affairs.

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