Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Brexit Supporters from the Tories Discuss Ousting British PM Theresa May

Brexit Supporters from the Tories Discuss Ousting British PM Theresa May

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday renewed a pledge of close trade and security ties with Britain after Brexit, but said the EU would not compromise on key withdrawal terms.

The British currency hit its highest level since early August in early trading at $1.3087, but gave up its gains after the pay data to stand 0.1 percent down at $1.3011.

Number 10, however, said that critics of the plan had yet to come forward with a credible alternative which would avoid the return of a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

"I think anyone who was involved in that referendum campaign - I think it was a bad campaign on both sides - they're bound by all sorts of promises that shouldn't have been made, they carry the baggage of a awful process".

With just 200 days to go to the scheduled date of Brexit, Mr Baker said that the PM would lack credibility with Brussels negotiators if she tried to press ahead with her departure plan at the party conference without the backing of her party.

One of the people said the special Brexit summit was being lined up for the week of 12 November.

Speaking at a conference in Slovenia on Monday afternoon, Barnier said that a Brexit deal could be between six and eight weeks, calling such an outcome both "realistic" and "possible". There is, so far, no full exit deal and it is uncertain whether May can push an agreement through the British parliament.

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But at the weekend political divisions within the Conservative Party were in the spotlight again, following Boris Johnson's controversially worded criticism of Prime Minister May's "Chequers" proposals.

Once a deal is reached, it has to go to the United Kingdom parliament and the European Parliament for approval.

The group argued that reverting to World Trade Organization rules, which can lead to the imposition of tariffs on certain goods, "would boost the U.K.'s trade with the rest of the world including Europe, lower domestic prices and boost inward investment". Many ERG members want a more decisive break and oppose May's so-called Chequers blueprint for a soft Brexit.

The controversial agreement, which set out a blueprint for the future relationship with the European Union following Brexit, has led to the resignation of then-Brexit Secretary David Davis and Johnson.

Andrea Jenkyns, who has submitted a letter of no confidence in May, told AFP the prime minister was "too dogmatic" to change course.

Britain's Treasury chief said Tuesday that striking a divorce deal with the European Union over the next two months is "doable", while the boss of Jaguar Land Rover warned that tens of thousands of jobs could be lost if the country crashes out of the EU with no agreement.

But Nadine Dorries, a Brexit supporter, said Mr Johnson's opponents were "terrified of his popular appeal" and if Mr Johnson became leader and prime minister he would deliver a "clean and prosperous" Brexit.

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