Boris Johnson's Brexit plan prompts fresh Tory division

Elias Hubbard
September 30, 2018

According to the British Chamber of Commerce, a hard-Brexit would see major United Kingdom firms packing up and moving over to the European continent, which would serve as a harsh economic penalty for the United Kingdom, should they decide to undergo a hard separation from the Eurozone.

In a lively exchange, ITV News Political Editor presses Boris Johnson on why the "super Canada" free trade deal he is backing post-Brexit would not be damaging to manufacturing.

A poll of polls published on Friday showed voters would now vote 52 to 48 per cent in favour of remaining in the European Union were there to be another Brexit referendum.

Asked if Mr Barnier gave any indication that Labour's plan would be easier to implement than the Chequers plan, Mr Corbyn said: "He didn't offer and we didn't ask him for opinions on that because that would be going over the line".

Speaking to Andrew Castle, the former Brexit Minister said: "There is no reason why there should be a hard border".

He was also confident that the Labour Party would win any future election if it was caused by the Brexit debate. Britain's governing Conservatives are deeply divided over how to proceed.

May, who voted to stay in the European Union, is trying to clinch a divorce deal with the European Union while grappling with an open rebellion in her Conservative Party, which convenes in the English city of Birmingham on Sunday for its annual party conference.

"If they have concerns, they need to detail those concerns to us and if they have counter-proposals, let's hear the counter proposals and then we can discuss those and take it forward", she said. Some recent surveys have shown a swing towards support for staying in the EU.

If there were to be another referendum, researchers said a narrow victory for those hoping to reverse Brexit would be heavily contingent on getting those who did not vote last time to turn out. "But that lead remains a narrow one, and there is little sign of it growing", said John Curtice, Britain's most prominent polling expert.

He went on: "I just want to make clear because I don't think people quite get this - the Chequers deal, were it to be agreed with the European Union, would be a political triumph for Brussels".

"I've always said no deal is better than a bad deal". "Our money, our time..." These are not, oddly, in any particular order or particularly fleshed out - they don't make up a course of action, but rather are six proposals created to sound good to the party's Brexit wing.

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