Theresa May handed 24 Brexit business questions that need answering NOW

Marco Green
July 9, 2018

The lack of a proposal on how to keep a near-invisible border between the British province of Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland has stalled Brexit talks, increasing frustration among the other European Union leaders.

Gove, a prominent campaigner for leaving the European Union during the 2016 referendum, said the prime minister should be allowed to present her case on Friday and played down the likelihood of any senior ministers resigning.

In a podcast for the ConservativeHome website, he said there had been a "breakdown in collective responsibility" in the Cabinet, with pro-EU ministers openly promoting solutions "against the Prime Minister's speeches, against the position formally of the Cabinet and against the manifesto".

"I am trying to support the Prime Minister's position and to remind people that any implementation deal has to get through Parliament, and if it is a bad deal, or it doesn't meet the manifesto commitments, people won't vote for it", he said.

"The last thing we need is a leadership challenge", he said on Twitter.

"I call on other rational members of the party to stand against this nonsense".

Ahead of crunch Cabinet talks at Chequers on Friday, Lord Hague said Parliament could force a "watered-down" Brexit on the Government if ministers fail to agree a compromise plan on Britain's future customs relationship with the EU.

"The solicitor general has confirmed that to exit with no deal and trade under WTO rules would necessitate such a border".

"We have convened all across the United Kingdom to ensure that every business community's Brexit concerns can be heard by elected representatives and officials".

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

May last month created two Cabinet sub-committees to discuss two options for future trade - a customs partnership in which Britain would apply European Union tariffs to goods that are shipped through the country on their way to the continent, and the use of technology to avoid the need for border checks as goods pass between the European Union and Britain.

Briefing Cabinet ministers ahead of the Chequers talks, Oliver Robbins is said to have painted a bleak picture of the situation, with a source telling The Times they came out of the meeting thinking "we were even more screwed than we were before".

Red ratings were given to issues including customs, tariffs, VAT, aviation and the Irish border.

Any lack of clarity would add to the frustration of European Union leaders who increased pressure on Mrs May on Tuesday.

"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".

"We have supported the Government's drive to seek the best possible deal for the United Kingdom economy". In the hope a truce can be agreed between her feuding ministers, the strategy will be set out in a white paper the following week.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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