Chequers mate: Theresa May ambush routs cabinet Brexiteers

Chequers mate: Theresa May ambush routs cabinet Brexiteers

Media reports on Saturday said May had told her cabinet ministers they now had to adhere to the convention of cabinet responsibility.

Elsewhere there was a sigh of relief that the government finally had a proposed deal to present to Brussels.

"The only challenge that needs to be made now is to the European Union to get serious about this, to come round the table and discuss it with us", she told the Sunday Times.

The plan would ensure "no hard border" between Northern Ireland and Ireland and would create a United Kingdom "parliamentary lock" on new rules.

In return for unfettered access to its biggest export market, the United Kingdom would commit to following European Union rules and regulations on goods.

She seems to have reassured pro-Brexit ministers that under the new negotiating position Britain will still be able to seek trade deals with the rest of the world, easing fears that mirroring European Union rules for goods would rule that out.

Included is a proposal to create a post-Brexit UK-EU free trade area which establishes a common rule book for industrial goods and agricultural products.

"This is a genuine confidence boost and the prime minister deserves credit for delivering a unified approach" said Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI director general, in a statement.

A source close to the Foreign Secretary said he would not step down as this would play into the hands of European Union commission president Jean Claude Juncker, German chancellor Angela Merkel and European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier. His departure has the potential to derail the government and even set in motion a chain of events that could lead to an attempt to oust the prime minister. According to Britain's Financial Times, "Mrs".

Conservative in-fighting broke out in the Commons as Theresa May was forced to deny the Chequers agreement was a "betrayal" over Brexit.

Tory MP Anne Marie Morris (Newton Abbot) said: "I've gone very carefully through everything and I can not see how what was agreed at Chequers actually does deliver Brexit, to be honest, hard or soft".

There was a crisis in government, he said, adding: "It is clear this government can not secure a good deal for Britain".

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"Some will try to keep their leadership hopes alive by claiming it was not the time to quit and they had a duty to stay on to ensure Brexit is not further watered down".

Tory hard-Brexiteers have reacted with fury to the Prime Minister's proposals. Some lawmakers have already expressed their misgivings.

"But it leaves only one credible contender with the integrity and backbone to follow Mrs May: Jacob Rees-Mogg". My concern is that the PM's red lines got rubbed out.

Britain would also be able to control its own tariffs and develop an independent trade policy, and the jurisdiction in Britain of the European Court of Justice will come to an end.

Asked if the prime minister could survive.

But environment secretary Mr Gove, who campaigned for Brexit alongside Mr Johnson in the 2016 referendum, told the BBC's Andrew Marr show he was satisfied the solution would "honour" the result of the vote.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Mr Johnson and Mr Davis had abandoned a "sinking ship", shattering the "illusion of unity" initially surrounding the Chequers plan. "It was the right thing to do".

But ministerial aide Chris Green resigned his position as a parliamentary private secretary to the Department for Transport after the meeting, saying in a letter to Mrs May that she had confirmed his fears that "we would not really leave the EU" under her proposals.

"I'm afraid this is nonsensical fudge from the UK Government", said David Henig, a former UK trade negotiator and director of the European Centre for International Political Economy. I take my hat off to you.

Boris Johnson has launched a scathing attack on Theresa May's Brexit strategy, saying the "dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt".

Mr Davis's resignation will anger cabinet colleagues from both wings of the party.

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