PM rules out other options in BBC interview but reviewers claim her policy risks a automobile crash
Theresa May has insisted the only alternative to her Chequers plan is crashing out of the EU with no cope, spurring her commentators on the right of the Republican party to say she risks a” automobile disintegrate” if she fastens to her policy.
The prime minister told the BBC on Monday she was confident of get a spate based on Chequers, whereby the UK would agree to sign up to a” common rulebook” for meat and goods, which is deeply unpopular with hard Brexiters.
May said she would then placed the expected depart agreement to parliament for MPs to endorse, possibly in November, and contended there would be no alternative other than no deal.
Asked by Nick Robinson on BBC One’s Panorama whether she was saying ” my bargain or no treat”, May said:” I believe we will get a good deal. We will bring that back from the EU negotiations and introduced that to parliament. I think that the alternative to that will be not having a spate .”
Tory MPs in the hard Brexit-backing European Research Group( ERG) were quick to singer their dissents. Steve Baker, who resigned as a junior Brexit minister over Chequers, told me that he agreed with a column by Boris Johnson in the Telegraph and the UK should instead aim for a Canada-style free trade agreement.
Baker began by mentioning Johnson, saying ” if the Brexit mediations continue on this path they will end, I am afraid, in a spectacular political gondola accident ,” and he went on:” He’s right. The future for the UK alongside the EU must be based on an advanced FTA[ free-trade agreement ], plus a range of agreements .”
There was support for Baker’s position from the ERG chairman, Jacob-Rees Mogg, who said May was taking a” kind of Dirty Harry alternative … it’s come on, punk, make my day, how many shots have been fired? If you stimulate the wrong pick the consequences can be unpleasant .” She would find there was ” very little subsistence” for Chequers if she made it to a vote.
But when May was asked what would happen if parliament scorned the agreement she expects to secure with Brussels, she said:” Do “youve been” suppose the European Union is going to give a better slew at that point ?”
The prime minister will inspect Salzburg on Wednesday and Thursday to attend an informal EU council of chairmen, where she will canvass support for her Chequers plan over dinner on the first night. It will be a critical research of the credibility of the proposals with EU captains, a week-and-a-half before the Conservative conference.
May also rejected alternative plans for the Irish frontier, including the right put forward last week by the ERG.” What many of these other schemes are based on is moving their own borders. You don’t solve the issue of no hard borderline by having a hard borderline 20 km inside Northern Ireland, or 20 km inside Ireland. It is still a hard border ,” the council of ministers said.
” What we’ve done is listen to the people of Northern Ireland … They don’t want a hard frontier between Northern Ireland and Ireland. The only proposal that has been put forward that delivers on them not having that hard margin, and made to ensure that we don’t carve up the United Kingdom, is the Chequers plan .”
Johnson had written in his Telegraph column that Brexit would be” a total write-off” unless May ripped up her a blueprint for the Irish perimeter. He said the backstop, which would deter Northern Ireland in the customs union and single sell if no other agreement could be reached, was ” being used to pressure the UK into becoming a vassal state of Brussels “.
But No 10 gave a sharp-worded chide to Johnson.” I think it is worth pointing out that Boris Johnson was a member of the cabinet which agreed to the December seam report, including the backstop. At the time, he congratulated the prime minister for her resolve in securing the cope ,” May’s official spokesman said.
” He remained in government for a full seven months after the joint report was harmonize. And he was also a member of the cabinet subcommittee which concurred the UK’s proposed usages backstop .”
May had earlier told the BBC the options put forward by the EU for Brexit were unacceptable.
” The European Union had mostly employed two volunteers on the table. Either the UK stays in the single market and the customs union- effectively in the EU- that would have betrayed the voting rights of the British beings ,” she said.” Or, on the other side, a basic free trade agreement but engraving Northern Ireland out and efficiently saving Northern Ireland in the European union countries and Great Britain out. That would have broken up the United kingdom government, or could have broken up the United kingdom government. Both of those were unacceptable to the UK .”
Ireland’s deputy prime minister, Simon Coveney, assembled the Northern Ireland secretary, Karen Bradley, on Monday afternoon and is matching the EU negotiator, Michel Barnier, on Tuesday, but the Irish government is not expecting any significant move from the British until after the Tory party conference at the earliest.
Brussels is working on the basis that 60% of cargo going from the British mainland to Northern Ireland goes through Dublin port, so any checks on agrifood, custom-builts and border controls and checks could be done either at Holyhead in Wales or at Dublin port before onward transit.
However, this does not address the question of where exactly” away from their own borders” checks would be carried out on goods going into Northern Ireland instantly through ports such as Belfast and Warrenpoint.