Chequers plan for European Union goods rules out Indian trade deal

Marco Green
July 12, 2018

However, what was seemingly agreed by all members of the Cabinet has seen Brexit Secretary, David Davis, and Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, both resign on Monday.

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. "Boris Johnson has been a friend of the president, was a friend during the election and he has a warm and close relationship with the president".

May's spokesman said it was positive for the United Kingdom that the former foreign secretary had a good relationship with the president.

Hunt, who served as the health secretary, was assigned to his new role late on Monday hours after Johnson handed in his resignation letter to May. "I know [new foreign secretary] Jeremy Hunt is looking forward to forging his own relationships with his USA counterparts".

They were announced less than an hour before May was due to face the press alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel at an worldwide summit in London.

'The policy may assuage vested interests, but the voters will find out and their representatives will be found out.

"This policy will be bad for our country and bad for the party", said the Lewes MP.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump escorts British Prime Minister Theresa May down the White House colonnade after their meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 27, 2017.

May is pressing on with her Brexit plan, shrugging off the resignations of two senior ministers and the anger of eurosceptic lawmakers in her Conservative Party who have accused her of betraying her pledge of a clean break with the EU.

But it soon began to unravel when Davis resigned late on Sunday and launched a no-holds-barred attack on her plan, calling it "dangerous" and one which would give "too much away, too easily" to European Union negotiators, who would simply ask for more.

"If we do not deliver Brexit in spirit as well as in name, then we are handing Jeremy Corbyn the keys to No.10".

But top Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg described the agreement as a "breakdown in trust" and said Mrs May needed to alter her course or face having to rely on Labour votes to get it through parliament.

"Once David Davis and Boris Johnson set out their resignation reasons, it became clear that Brexit and Chequers were not the same thing".

Worldwide trade secretary Liam Fox was seen to shake his head and mouth the word "no" when reporters asked him on his way out of cabinet whether he was about to quit.

But Johnson, a leading Brexit campaigner, said following European Union rules without being able to alter them risked consigning Britain to the "status of colony", and said it looked like a "semi-Brexit".

Asked at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels yesterday if she expected more resignations from the government, Mrs May insisted that her plan delivered on the Brexit "red lines" she has set out.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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