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May says Brexit plan delivers 'people's vote'

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Jeannette Daniel | 12 July, 2018, 11:58

Meanwhile, some Conservative Party Eurosceptics have hit back at Mrs May by tabling amendments to a key Brexit Bill that could kill off her Chequers plan.

Admittedly, Mr Rees-Mogg confirmed that the mood was one of sadness at the European Research Group meeting on Monday once Theresa May had announced her Brexit plans to Parliament.

Hard-line backbencher Andrew Bridgen sent a letter of no confidence in Mrs May to the chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady.

They will demand the government scrap its offer to collect tariffs on behalf of the European Union when the Customs Bill returns for debate - a crucial element of the prime minister's plan for a "facilitated customs arrangement".

Brexit secretary David Davis resigned late on Sunday night and Boris Johnson followed suit on Monday, resigning as foreign secretary less than 24 hours later.

Virendra Sharma, a supporter of the Best for Britain campaign for another referendum, said that a "gang of Brexit bullies are threatening to pull the plug on the Prime Minister". However, it is far fewer than half of the party's 316 MPs, the number required to win such a vote.

Writing in The Sun, arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg denounced the Chequers deal as "a dud" which "will not deliver Brexit".

More than 1,000 readers took part in an online survey, answering questions on the Prime Minister's leadership and the prospects for the UK's departure from the EU.

Speaking at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Prime Minister May insisted that her Chequers deal delivered on the "red lines" that she set out in her Lancaster House speech a year ago.

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It would compel the United Kingdom government to agree in law to a commitment in applying the same customs terms to Northern Ireland as to the rest of the United Kingdom post-Brexit.

Fallon warned Conservative rebels that a challenge to May's leadership is "the last thing we need". "We are supporting Theresa for PM".

"Being tied to European Union regulations and the European Union tying our hands when seeking to make new trade agreements will be the worst of all worlds", wrote the Mansfield MP, who voted remain in a constituency where more than 70 per cent of voters opted to leave.

In his resignation letter, Mr Bradley said the Chequers plan would damage the UK's opportunities to develop global trade and be "an outward-looking nation in control of our own destiny" following Brexit.

They "didn't represent the majority of opinion in the conservative party or house of commons", he said.

"I think, and I'm delighted, that good sense seems to be breaking out", Lord Howard told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

The ex-MP said there was a "plan" to curtail the role of the Brexit department.

Crawley MP Henry Smith posted his invitation from Chief Whip Julian Smith on Twitter, adding: "Received this invite to watch tomorrow's England-Croatia World Cup semi-final in 10 Downing Street".

"Seeing as the prime minister isn't bringing Brexit home I'm concerned attending would be a bad omen for football coming home".

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