Saturday, 21 July, 2018

Business patience 'at breaking point' over lack of Brexit clarity

Theresa May GETTYDonald Tusk issued a'last call for Theresa May to clarify the UK's final Brexit position
Priscilla Morrison | 09 July, 2018, 22:12

However, the signs that the government is starting from scratch - almost one year after customs plans were first published and just four days before the Chequers showdown - "are certain to add to criticism of Brexit chaos" says The Independent.

"We have to listen to what business is telling us and make sure that we deliver a Brexit which delivers the needs of business".

Ministers have been involved in heated discussions recently as they tried to choose between two earlier models.

Meanwhile European leaders stepped up pressure on Mrs May to provide answers on her Brexit plans as she prepared for Friday's Chequers showdown with her Cabinet.

A Cabinet source said: "In the speculation "will there be fudge, won't there be fudge" - I suspect there will be".

The comments will be seen as a rebuke to the Foreign Secretary, who reportedly said "f*** business" when asked about Brexit fears.

"All the prime minister says on Brexit is, 'We need clarity about our future relationship.' Yes we do: we've been waiting for over two years for any clarity from this government".

Writing in The Daily Telegraph, he said that any minister who chose that moment to quit would show they were not fit to hold high office in the first place.

A Conservative MP has hit back at his colleagues criticising Jacob Rees-Mogg for issuing a Brexit warning to Theresa May.

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However, senior EU officials have already dismissed the prime minister's draft Brexit plan as unrealistic, saying the United Kingdom has no chance of changing the European Union's founding principles.

"We have given time, expertise and real-world experience to support hard-pressed Civil Service negotiators".

But former Conservative leader and Brexiteer Lord Howard told Today: "The Prime Minister has made a series of promises, the Prime Minister has repeatedly said that we must regain control of our laws, our money and our borders".

"Get behind the Prime Minister and deliver what the British people wanted which is coming out of the European Union".

In his article, Lord Hague warned that the Brexiteers did not have the numbers in Parliament to force through their vision on a "hard Brexit" and urged them to think through the consequences of creating a leadership crisis.

"A vote of no confidence in the leadership called on this issue would in all probability rally the sensible middle to the Prime Minister".

The Chequers summit is aimed at fixing the Government's position on key areas of the trade deal it wants with Brussels, but details remain vague on a reported "third way" to manage customs arrangements at ports and the Irish border.

"The ideological right are a minority despite their noise, and should pipe down", he said.

"What I can't stand is this fantasy that there will be no economic impact at all if we simply walk away from the European Union".

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