Brexit crunch time as Theresa May puts deal to cabinet

Clay Curtis
November 13, 2018

Brexit secretary Dominic Raab is preparing to lead a group of Cabinet ministers arguing that a no-deal exit would be preferable to a deal that breaches their red lines.

Hope of getting a deal for the Cabinet to sign off on Tuesday appeared to be rapidly receding, but talks are continuing in Brussels. This was always going to be an extremely hard, extremely complex negotiation, but we are nearly within touching distance now. It is unclear who might replace her.

She added: "I will not compromise on what people voted for in the referendum".

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, left, has faced scathing criticism from Johnson since he resigned from her cabinet in July, citing divisions over May's Brexit plan.

"Both sides want to reach an agreement".

The deal will allegedly contain a backstop aimed at trying to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland.

Boris Johnson's younger brother Jo sensationally quit the Cabinet last week and laid into the PM's plans - going as far as calling for a second referendum.

May also faces growing opposition from pro-EU lawmakers, who say her proposed Brexit deal is worse than the status quo and the British public should get a new vote on whether to leave or to stay. Delay after staged managed delay.

Referring to his brother, the former foreign secretary and lead Leave campaigner, he wrote: "We're in the extraordinary position today where even the staunchest advocates of Brexit, including my brother Boris, publicly admit we'd be better off staying in the European Union than with the PM's deal".

However, with speeches like these, May has been alluding and sometimes explicitly saying that she is willing to walk away without a deal if talks do not go her way.

On Monday Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, an influential figure in the Labour Party, urged his party in the House of Commons to reject May's deal.

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EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier didn't speak to reporters Monday and a planned news conference with him was canceled.

"Most people in Northern Ireland either want [to remain in the EU] or to have the backstop", he said, adding that a no-deal Brexit would damage the local economy, which relies heavily on unfettered access to the Irish market and the free movement of people.

The Brexit process, and the "toxic" alliance between the Conservatives and DUP, had contributed to progress made in the Good Friday Agreement being "thrown under the bus", Ms O'Neill said.

By 2030 member states are required to source 32 per cent of energy from renewable sources and cut energy consumption by 32.5 per cent, and the European Union wants these specific targets included in any Irish "backstop" provisions, the FT revealed.

House of Commons leader and senior Conservative Andrea Leadsom, warned on Sunday that MPs would not accept this sort of arrangement, telling the BBC: "I don't think something that trapped the United Kingdom in any arrangement against our will would be sellable to members of Parliament".

And as well as Leave-supporting Conservative MPs who are anxious about the United Kingdom being tied to EU rules, some pro-EU Tories also have misgivings.

"MPs from all parties are demanding we see the cross Whitehall economic analysis of any deal and that must be measured against the deal we have now as an European Union member".

"It would cost us money but it would finally dispel the "crash out" Project Fear nightmare scenarios", he wrote in the Mail on Sunday.

Brussels says it will only agree to put the wheels in motion for the summit if agreement can be reached on the issue of the Irish border.

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