What is in Theresa May's Brexit plan?

Elias Hubbard
July 8, 2018

She said the commitment to end the free movement of people would be met, the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the United Kingdom would be curtailed, and the United Kingdom no longer would send "vast sums of money" to the EU every year.

He said for 20% of their economy, Britain will agree a common rulebook with the European Union, but should the European Union develop or introduce new laws in their area, Britain has the power to accept or reject them. That is what taking back control means.

Trade in services, like financial services, would not be covered by common rules and the United Kingdom accepts there will be less mutual access of their markets.

A "facilitated customs arrangement" would operate under a "combined customs territory".

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has backed the agreement, saying it will benefit Scotland with frictionless access to the European Union market, see the fishing industry withdraw from "the hated common fisheries policy", and bolster trade with the rest of the UK.

The plan says it would avoid checks on the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland and protect manufacturing supply lines, while also fulfilling domestic promises to end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ), control migration and allow Britain to establish its own trade policy.

The cabinet wants a "joint institutional framework" to provide from the ongoing interpretation and application of UK-EU agreements.

Tory Brexiteers are uneasy about many aspects of the plan, warning the United Kingdom will have to follow EU laws and European Court of Justice rulings and not be able to develop an "effective global trade policy".

Brussels will be reluctant to support any plan which would risk splitting the single market, and ministers appeared to acknowledge this by agreeing to step up preparations for a "no deal" Brexit.

The Agatha Christie-style country house gathering had been hyped up, but in the end no political murder weapons were found at the scene.

The Prime Minister said that "collective responsibility has returned" to the Cabinet after the Chequers deal and it was now important to get on with negotiating with the EU.

Cabinet Brexiteers defended the plans in public, with Transport Secretary Chris Grayling saying: "This is simply saying that we will effectively sell the same products across Europe as we do now - it's what business does and would do anyway, nobody produces a different product for one country". "This is so forward-leaning that she's left herself with nowhere to go".

Mr Gove said post-Brexit they will decide who has special European Union rights, on their terms. Just whether that body belongs to May or her Brexiteers' is the unsolved mystery.

The Prime Minister said the strategy thrashed out with the Cabinet would make sure Brexit was delivered "because I won't let people down".

May is then set to meet her MPs in the Commons on Monday evening, when the backbench 1922 Committee convenes for a special session.

LONDON - Pro-Brexit Conservative MPs have put together an 18-page critique of Theresa May's Brexit plan, in which the prime minister's proposal for a soft exit is described as a "worst of all words "Black Hole Brexit".

The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier tweeted: "Chequers discussion on future to be welcomed".

Crunch Commons votes on the United Kingdom staying in the EU single market and customs union are expected on July 16 and 17 when the long-awaited Taxation (Cross Border Trade) Bill and a Trade Bill will be debated.

The Sunday Times reported at least one MP had told Johnson in the last 24 hours to resign on principle, warning his chances to be Conservative leader are running out, while others urged Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg to challenge May for the top job.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, leader of the influential European Research Group of pro-Brexit Conservative MPs, warned that the common rulebook proposal could make "trade deals nearly impossible" if it meant regulations would have to apply to any goods coming into the UK.

"As with eggs: an egg that is very softly boiled isn't boiled at all", he said, speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Business Secretary Greg Clark: "Very positive conclusion to Chequers meeting".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

Discuss This Article