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Britain's Brexit Secretary Abruptly Quits, Throwing Deal To Leave EU In Doubt

14 July 2018

An analysis of the Chequers deal circulating within the pro-Brexit European Research Group of MPs was damning about the plan, saying it would lead to "a worst-of-all-worlds "black hole" Brexit where the United Kingdom is stuck permanently as a vassal state in the EU's legal and regulatory tar pit".

"Whatever way you voted, no-one aspired to this catastrophic misadministration and timewasting", she said.

The Sun newspaper's political editor Tom Newton-Dunn said on Twitter that it appeared that there was the possibility of a move against Mrs May as prime minister starting.

British Prime Minister Theresa May takes the hand of President Donald Trump as they walk up red-carpeted steps to enter Blenheim Palace for a black tie dinner in Blenheim, England, Thursday, July 12, 2018.

But his claims were dismissed by former defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon, who said: "Dreaming is good, probably for all of us, but we have to deal with the real world".

May's government is trying to satisfy Britons who voted for their country to leave the bloc, but to set an independent course without hobbling businesses, security agencies and other sectors that are closely entwined with the EU.

Leading Brexiteers who have stayed in their jobs insist it is consistent with what people voted for in 2016.

Rees-Mogg said his amendments would try to force the government to put into law its aim that Northern Ireland could not be treated separately, to stop what some Brexit campaigners see as attempts to divide the United Kingdom to ensure there is no return to a hard border with European Union member Ireland. "That is exactly what we will do". After hours of speculation, Downing Street confirmed in a statement that the foreign secretary had quit. I think they agree with me on immigration.

May and Trump are scheduled to hold talks and a joint news conference on Friday.

"We achieved all of the things that we campaigned for in order to ensure we could leave the European Union, but we also do so in a way which respects some of the wishes and some of the concerns of some of my colleagues that voted remain".

The amendments would also: ensure "reciprocity of customs collection" to treat Britain and the EU as equals; put into law that Britain will not be part of the EU's Value-Added Tax regime; and require that any customs union would be created by primary legislation.

Mr Watson said Labour was keeping the option of a second Brexit referendum open in the case that Parliament could not decide a way forward, though he stressed that this route was "highly, highly unlikely".

Under the plans, Britain would stick to a "common rulebook" with the European Union for goods and agricultural products in return for free trade, without tariffs or border customs checks. Such an approach would avoid disruption to automakers and other manufacturers that source parts from multiple countries.

Free trade would not apply to services, which account for 80 percent of the British economy. That would hurt Europe as well as Britain, and could poison future U.K. -EU relations for years. During the Trump's visit, the pair is likely to continue being volatile.

Instead, they have fostered a deep distrust among many eurosceptics in her party, undermining her position and casting doubt over the Brexit process. Michael Gove, May's environment minister, said on Sunday that while the agreed negotiating stance was not flawless, he believed it delivered on handing back control to Britain. Davis was a strong pro-Brexit voice in a Cabinet divided between supporters of a clean break with the bloc and those who want to keep close ties with Britain's biggest trading partner.

Britain's Brexit Secretary Abruptly Quits, Throwing Deal To Leave EU In Doubt