UK Brexit Minister Slams Macron, Says Anti-Democratic EU Fuelling Populism

Clay Curtis
September 25, 2018

"There's a plan on the table from us".

Mr Macron dismissed the biggest vote in United Kingdom history as "driven" by untruths after the EU's Salzburg summit last week, when the bloc's leader also rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan.

The cabinet remains fully behind Theresa May's Brexit policy in the face of growing calls within her party to change direction, No 10 has insisted.

Speaking to reporters as she flew to NY for the United Nations General Assembly, Mrs May said: "First of all, I have always said no deal is better than a bad deal".

A report by the Institute of Economic Affairs think tank called on the government to seek a "basic" free trade agreement for goods, similar to that between the European Union and Canada, while pursuing "regulatory freedom and trade independence". He added: 'We're now, bluntly, in a cul-de-sac.' But Confederation of British Industry director Carolyn Fairburn warned a Canada-style deal would create friction at borders, would not solve the Irish border and would damage supply chains affecting thousands of jobs.

May's aides have reportedly already begun to draw up contingency plans for a snap election, the Sunday Times reported, citing two senior members at Downing Street.

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Meanwhile at the other end of the M6 Motorway in Liverpool, delegates at the Labour Party conference will on Tuesday debate Brexit and whether the main opposition party at Westminster would support a new referendum to decide Britain's future in or out of the EU.

'The prime minister made clear we are going to keep our calm, hold our nerve, and press the European Union on some of the criticisms that they have made, ' he told the BBC.

"From the Labour party's point of view they will oppose any deal I bring back regardless of how good it is for the UK, and they will accept any deal Europe gives, regardless of how bad it is for the UK", Mrs May said.

"That is not in the national interest, what we are doing is in the national interest".

"If they have concerns, they need to detail those concerns to us and if they have counter-proposals, let's hear the counter proposals and then we can discuss those and take it forward", she said.

'It would be the first free trade deal in history that increased barriers to trade and did not reduce them, ' she said.

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