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Sterling rebounds from lows as Brexit rebels pledge loyalty to May

Is Chequers Brexit Deal About to be Dumped About 50 Conservative lawmakers discuss ousting UK Prime Minister Theresa May: BBC
Ellis Copeland | 15 September, 2018, 08:59

The rift in May's party deepened this week, with her former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who quit the cabinet over the Chequers proposal, comparing May's plan in a newspaper column to putting a "suicide vest" on Britain's constitution.

Dr Philip Lee, a minister who resigned to oppose the government's Brexit plan, said the figures reflected the realisation that Brexit Britain "will not be the land of milk and honey that voters were promised".

Pro-Brexit Tories are said to have spent several hours plotting to oust her on Tuesday night because they think she's betraying their vision of a clean break from the EU.

He said it would be "fanciful" to expect her to secure parliamentary approval for Chequers.

"We are working on a deal which will be good for United Kingdom industry and we are confident we're going to achieve that", a spokesman for May's government said.

There is a key European Union summit in Salzburg, Austria next Wednesday and, although not advertised as such, it could become the final stumbling block for Theresa May's premiership.

Mrs May last month hailed her Chequers plan as a document that "delivers on the Brexit people voted for".

Michael Gove, May's environment minister and a leading Brexiteer, told BBC radio: "I want to ensure that we get a solid vote, which I'm sure we will, when the prime minister brings back the treaty", adding lawmakers should rally behind May.

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The UK is due to leave the European Union, with or without a deal, on March 29 next year.

The claims came after Labour said it would vote against any Brexit deal based on the Chequers proposal. There is, so far, no full exit deal and it is uncertain whether May can push an agreement through the British parliament.

Barnier refused to comment on the divisions in the governing British Conservative Party over Brexit.

Baker is the former chairman of the Eurosceptic body the European Research Group, which plans to publish its own proposals for Brexit ahead of the Conservative Party Conference.

Business groups and civil servants say a "no-deal" Brexit could cause disruption to shipping, barriers to trade with the bloc, a fall in the value of the pound and even shortages of essential goods.

Mr Johnson spoke at an Economists for Free Trade (EFT) event on Tuesday attended by a battalion of Tory Brexit big-hitters including Jacob-Rees Mogg, former Brexit secretary David Davis and his ex-deputy Steve Baker, former party leader Iain Duncan Smith and ex-Defra Secretary Owen Paterson.

He told Newsnight: "If you listen carefully to what Michel Barnier said there was no movement, there was an expression of confidence that we can get an agreement on the withdrawal agreement where we are going to give them £39 billion".

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