Boris Johnson delivers resignation speech as Theresa May faces Brexit backlash

Marco Green
July 19, 2018

"Mr Davies said he had been contacted with concerns about the Prime Minister's Chequers plan for a "common rulebook" with the European Union on sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing".

And he said Britain should be "great independent actors" on the world stage, not "rule takers".

The prime minister insisted she was confident Britain had enough time to negotiate a deal with the European Union before leaving in March next year. "We have changed tack once and we can change again".

The third reading of the government's Trade Bill was passed comfortably by 317 votes to 286, with peers now set to scrutinise the legislation.

But the Prime Minister, whose Government has tabled a motion calling for the current parliamentary session to be cut short, has been accused of "running scared" amid Brexit turmoil.

While the House of Commons debates these texts, the European Commission is analyzing the plan for future trade and customs relations it received from the United Kingdom government, the survival of which depends largely on the response from Brussels.

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab is holding talks in Brussels with the EU's chief negotiator as the Government attempts to try and steady its withdrawal strategy after two weeks of turmoil rocked the Tory party.

Shouts emerged from across the Commons, before Mrs May replied: "At absolutely no point because Brexit continues to mean Brexit".

Mrs May plans to use her summer break to launch a Chequers charm offensive, touring the country in the hope of persuading the Conservative grass roots to back her Brexit approach.

The UK has not agreed on future bilateral relations with the European Union including a "frictionless free trade area for goods", Efe news reported. Davis' former deputy, Steve Baker, chimed in to ask about contingency plans for a no-deal departure.

Johnson said that would deliver "Brexit in name only" and leave Britain in a state of "economic vassalage".

There is also speculation that former foreign secretary Boris Johnson could deliver a resignation speech. It was not the plan agreed by the government earlier this month at May's country retreat at Chequers, he said.

However, he said that the real aim should be "that glorious vision of Lancaster House - not that miserable, permanent limbo of Chequers".

"Not the democratic disaster of ongoing harmonisation with no way out and no say for the UK".

The BBC's chief political correspondent Vicki Young said Johnson's friends were insisting he was not trying to emulate Sir Geoffrey Howe, whose caustic resignation speech in 1990 is widely seen as having paved the way for Margaret Thatcher's downfall weeks later.

"We got them straight away because there were no borders or checks ... after Brexit we could, in effect, create a hard border so this would not be so easy".

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the other leading figurehead of the Eurosceptic win of the Conservative Party, described it as "the speech of a statesman".

The government last night defeated a bid to change it's EU customs union strategy by 307 to 301.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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