Brexit: May vows no compromise with EU on Brexit plan


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The prime minister says she is assured of a deal

Theresa Could has insisted she is not going to be compelled into watering down her Brexit plan throughout negotiations with the EU.

Writing within the Sunday Telegraph, the prime minister says she’s going to “not be pushed” into compromises on her Chequers settlement that aren’t within the “nationwide curiosity”.

However Mrs May additionally warns she is not going to “give in” to these calling for a second referendum on the withdrawal settlement.

She says it will be a “gross betrayal of our democracy and… belief”.

The Individuals’s Vote, a cross-party group together with some MPs, is looking for a public vote on the ultimate Brexit deal.

The UK is on track to depart the EU on 29 March and the federal government had beforehand dominated out one other referendum.

The prime minister writes that the approaching months are “essential in shaping the way forward for our nation”, however that she is “clear” about her mission in fulfilling “the democratic choice of the British individuals”.

She provides that following the Chequers settlement in July – which led to the resignation of two cupboard ministers – “actual progress” has been made in Brexit negotiations.

Whereas there’s extra negotiating to be accomplished, Mrs Could writes: “We wish to depart with an excellent deal and we’re assured we will attain one.”

The federal government has been making ready for a no-deal state of affairs, although this could create “actual challenges for each the UK and the EU” in some sectors, she says.

However the PM provides: “We’d get via it and go on to thrive.”

‘Deal dictated by Brussels’

Writing in the identical paper, Conservative MP Nick Boles – a former minister who backed Stay – mentioned the Chequers coverage had “failed” and he may not assist it.

He wrote that the EU was treating the plan as “a gap bid”, and the UK was dealing with “the humiliation of a deal dictated by Brussels”.

As an alternative, Mr Boles, who’s a member of the Brexit Supply Group, believes the two-year transition interval ought to be scrapped and changed with the UK changing into a part of the European Financial Space for 3 years – giving extra time for a commerce deal to be negotiated.

“The plan I’m setting out represents our solely hope of a greater Brexit,” he added.

Evaluation: Again to high school for politics

By Chris Mason, BBC political correspondent

Welcome to the brand new time period in politics – it’s getting loud already.

No sooner has the prime minister mentioned she is dedicated to her Brexit blueprint than one in all her beforehand loyal MPs has recommended signing as much as it will be a “humiliation”.

And no sooner has she insisted that one other Brexit referendum can be a “gross betrayal of our democracy” than one in all her personal occasion donors says that’s “balderdash”.

It appears, to place it mildly, that we’re in for fairly a political time period.

Each the large political events at Westminster have their justifiable share of turmoil and the stakes could not be greater.

But when the previous couple of months, or the previous couple of years, have taught us something, it’s that we could be very assured there will probably be a number of bumps within the highway – whether or not a Brexit deal is completed or not.

The Individuals’s Vote launched earlier this 12 months to marketing campaign for a vote on any ultimate Brexit deal, and has various high-profile backers, together with Sir Patrick Stewart and Gary Lineker.

It has additionally secured funding from donors together with Julian Dunkerton, co-founder of style label Superdry – who has given the most important donation of £1m to the group.

The Observer reported on Sunday that Conservative donor and former Rolls Royce chairman Sir Simon Robertson has additionally joined requires a second referendum, saying he’s “deeply depressed” on the tone of the Brexit debate.

However Mrs Could insists in her article that her authorities is not going to again one other vote.

She writes: “In the summertime of 2016, tens of millions got here out to have their say.

“In lots of instances for the primary time in many years, they trusted that their vote would depend; that after years of feeling ignored by politics, their voices can be heard.

“To ask the query yet again can be a gross betrayal of our democracy – and a betrayal of that belief.”

Earlier this week, it was revealed in a leaked memo that Individuals’s Vote needs Labour MPs and activists to submit a movement on the occasion’s convention this month, committing Labour to backing a brand new referendum on the ultimate deal.

The occasion’s present coverage place is to respect the results of the 2016 Brexit referendum.


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