Theresa May’s ministers threaten walkout as DUP pressure her to abandon her Brexit plans

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Theresa May’s ministers are threatening to walk out of her government over her reported plans to keep Britain potentially tied to a customs union with the EU permanently after Brexit.
The DUP are also threatening to withdraw their support from May’s government with one source telling Politico “right now, Labour’s position is better for us than May’s.”
The prime minister is rumoured to be making a statement later on Friday to clarify her position.
The rows come with just days until her crucial summit with EU leaders dubbed a “moment of truth” by the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier.

LONDON — Theresa May is under pressure to reverse course after Cabinet ministers threatened to walk out over her reported plans for a potential Brexit “backstop” which could effectively keep Britain permanently inside a Customs Union with the EU after Brexit.

The Prime Minister reportedly asked senior ministers in her “Brexit war cabinet” on Thursday to agree to a proposal to keep Britain inside a customs union with the EU, if she fails to agree any alternative arrangements before the end of the two year Brexit transition period.

Trade secretary Liam Fox told friends that her proposal “would make life very difficult for me,” according to a Mail report, because it would limit the UK’s ability to strike new free trade deals outside the EU.

At least three Brexit-supporting Cabinet ministers are understood to be considering resigning in protest if May capitulates to EU demands on the time-limit, the Telegraph reported. Penny Mordaunt, the international development secretary, and Esther McVey, the work and pensions secretary, and Andrea Leadsom have the most significant concerns over the plans, although they did not attend last night’s meeting.

However, multiple reports emerged on Friday that Theresa May had fallen in line with Cabinet protests and would not cave to EU demands …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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