Blow for Theresa May as ally declares Chequers Brexit plan ‘dead as a dodo’

Peers attack Theresa May’s post-Brexit customs plan over lack of clarity

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Mike Penning accused Theresa May of putting her critics on the “naughty step”Credit: PA

Matt Foster//Theresa May’s Chequers Brexit plan is “dead as a dodo”, according to one of her allies.©

Sir Mike Penning – who worked with the Prime Minister at the Home Office and helped orchestrate her 2016 leadership campaign – accused the Prime Minister of a “massive insult” by asking Tory MPs to back it.

He told The Telegraph: “She is playing a game of Russian Roulette with the country which is frankly an insult to the referendum result and all those people who voted,  no matter how they voted.

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“To say to the likes of myself: ‘It’s Chequers or a hard Brexit’. It’s like making us sit on the naughty step at school.”

His intervention is significant because he has previously resisted the temptation to publicly criticise Mrs May, despite being angered at her decision to sack him from the frontbench in a reshuffle last year.

The intervention from the previously-loyal backbencher – who also confirmed he was joining the European Research Group of Tory Brexiteers – came as the Prime Minister tried to convince EU leaders to swing behind her proposals over dinner in Salzburg.

Dining on wiener schnitzel with potatoes ahead of sit-down meetings today, Mrs May called on the 27 EU leaders to “respond in kind” to what she called the “serious and workable” Chequers proposals.

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The Prime Minister also heaped fresh scorn on calls for a second Brexit referendumCredit: 
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And she tried to scotch speculation in Brussels that the UK could hold a second referendum, saying: “We all recognise that time is short but delaying or extending these negotiations is not an option.

“I know that for many of you Brexit is not something you want – but it is important to be clear there will be no second referendum.”

But Sir Mike urged the Prime Minister to call EU’s bluff, saying the bloc would “make a deal at the last minute – that’s how they’ve always operated”.

He said: “We’re just seeing this all from one end of a telescope and she needs to immediately now turn that telescope around. Because if she comes back with Chequers it’s dead as a dodo.”

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab last night conceded that the Chequers proposals – which have enraged Eurosceptics with calls for a free-trade area for goods governed by a “common rulebook” – were not “perfect”.

He told LBC: “It may not be perfect, but it’s the most credible plan.”

EU Council President Donald Tusk meanwhile called for Mrs May’s Brexit pitch to be “reworked and further negotiated” before a final deal can be agreed, but welcomed a “positive evolution” in the UK’s stance in recent months.

Announcing an emergency summit on the UK’s departure for mid-November, he warned: “There is more hope but there is surely less and less time, every day left we must use for talks.”

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UK Independence Party: “Theresa May’s ‘Deal or No Deal’ question has an easy answer…”

Prime Minister Theresa May arrives at Downing Street in London, Britain (EPA)

The impact of a no-deal Brexit could be as catastrophic as the financial crisis with house prices plummeting by a third, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has warned Prime Minister Theresa May and her ministers.

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In an interview with the BBC’s Panorama programme due to be broadcast tonight, Prime Minister Theresa May said that MPs will have a choice between her Brexit deal, or no deal.

In an interview with the BBC’s Panorama programme due to be broadcast tonight, Prime Minister Theresa May said that MPs will have a choice between her Brexit deal, or no deal.
The UK is set to leave the EU on 29 March 2019, and negotiations between the two sides are still taking place.
UKIP Leader Gerard Batten commented,

“After a summer of dripping Project Fear 2.0 into the public’s ears, Mrs May has put down an in or out option.

Theresa May’s ‘Deal or No Deal’ question has an easy answer “I call on all Leave MPs to reject the flimsy agreement Mrs May is putting together and support a full unencumbered exit from the EU under WTO rules.” – UKIP Leader @GerardBattenMEPwww.ukip.org/national-u…pic.twitter.com/d2kNFvT…

“UKIP has always said that no deal, which is really reverting to WTO terms, is better than a bad deal with the EU.  Mrs May’s deal, whatever the particulars, will not be what the British people voted for on June 23rd, 2016, it will be Brexit in name only.
“I call on all Leave MPs to reject the flimsy agreement Mrs May is putting together and support a full unencumbered exit from the EU under World Trade Organisation rules.”

Brexiteer MP blasts ‘ELITE ESTABLISHMENT’ urging May to hold new Brexit vote

BREXITEER MP Theresa Villiers issued a damning condemnation of second Brexit vote supporters, branding them “undemocratic” and urging the “establishment elite” to accept the results of the 2016 referendum.

Theresa Villiers: Second referendum would be undemocratic

By AURORA BOSOTTI//The Conservative MP delivered a brutal takedown of supporters of a second referendum, demanding campaigners shelve their demands to help the Government “get on” with the negotiations.

The harsh condemnation came after Mayor of London Sadiq Khan publicly came out in support of a new vote on the final terms of the deal Theresa May will strike with the European Union.

Speaking to BBC Sunday Politics London, Ms Villiers said: “It’s just so undemocratic to ask people to vote again on a question just because there’s an elite establishment who doesn’t like the answer they were given the first time.

“There’s a history of this across the EU. I think that’s wrong. I think we’ve got to listen to the result of the referendum and we need to implement it.”

The Tory politician, who served as an MEP for London before being elected MP for Chipping Barnet in 2005, also took a direct dig at Mr Khan as she pointed out he had received his mandate from fewer Londoners than had voted for Brexit.

She continued: “The issue has divided London as it has the rest of the country. We’ve got to remember there were more people who voted to leave in London than actually gave their first preference vote to Sadiq Khan in the Mayoral election.”There is a substantial body of opinion on both sides of this debate but I think a lot of people, whether they voted Leave or Remain, just want us to get on with it.” Ms Villiers added: “Having another referendum – what if Leave won the second referendum? Would the Remain side come and demand a third one? We’ve just got to accept the results of a democratic vote, get on with it and implement it.”

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Brexit news: Theresa Villiers branded as “undemocratic” campaigners for a second vote (BBC)

It’s just so undemocratic to ask people to vote again on a question just because there’s an elite establishment who doesn’t like the answer

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Mr Khan pledged his support for a new vote on Brexit on Sunday, writing in The Observer that “irrefutable evidence” had shown leaving the bloc would harm the British economy and jeopardise jobs.

Discussing his decision on The Andrew Marr show, the  suggested remaining a full member of the EU should be considered as an option on the ballot paper of a potential People’s Vote.

He said: “I would like one of the options on the referendum to be an option to stay in the European Union.

“The British people have seen all the promises broken by the likes of Michael Gove, Boris Johnson and Liam Fox.”

Mr Khan added: “The referendum should be a choice between the deal done by this Government or staying in the European Union. The deal done by this Government – we can see what the consequences would be.

“Two years ago that was abstract, theoretical, we were told various things that didn’t turn out to be true.”

LONDON – End Theresa May Era? Tory MP Demands Leadership Challenge So UK Can ‘Play BREXIT Hardball’

Bridgen: Prime Minister Theresa May leading us into another election ‘fills me with dread’. End of Theresa May? Tory MP demands leadership challenge so UK can ‘play Brexit hardball’MAY AFRICA

BREXITEER MP Andrew Bridgen said he “hopes for a leadership challenge” to bring down Theresa May so that Britain can play “hardball” with the European Union in the last phase of Brexit talks.

By AURORA BOSOTTI//Andrew Bridgen admitted to feeling “dread” when thinking about  remaining in power until the next general election as he voiced his hope for a leadership challenge.

Mr Bridgen joined the ranks of May critics after the Prime Minister put forward her latest blueprint, insisting that her election had kept the UK from playing “hardball” with the EU.

Speaking to talkRADIO, the ardent Brexiteer said: “I hope there is a leadership challenge.

“I think we need someone who believes in Brexit to deliver Brexit, it’s clear the EU are playing very hardball and I think we need to play hardball back.”

Mr Bridgen, who already lodged a letter of no confidence at Conservative HQ, argued a change of leadership would help the Government stand its ground as Britain prepares to withdraw from the EU.

He continued: “My letter of no confidence in the Prime Minister is in. If 48 colleagues decide the same, then we will have a vote of confidence in the Prime Minister.

“When you’ve conceded two years of negotiations when you want to stand firm you can understand a level of scepticism on the other side that you’re not going to capitulate again.”

Mr Bridgen revealed that talks with his constituents during recess had highlighted the “dissatisfaction” of Leave voters and he forecasted they will make their unhappiness known to Mrs May during the autumn party conference in Birmingham.

He added: “I spent the last couple of weeks in my constituency, I’ve been delivering some leaflets and speaking to supporters, activists, voters on the ground. There is a deep dissatisfaction with the direction the Government is moving on in Brexit.

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Brexit news: Andrew Bridgen said he “hopes there is a leadership challenge” to oust May (Image: SKY NEWS•ITV)

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“I can’t see, given Theresa May’s track record, her leading us into another general election. That fills me with some dread, having seen her throw away a 20-point lead in the 2017 general election.”

Negotiators are still publicly insisting they want the deal wrapped up within the next seven weeks but sources say in reality the divorce terms will not be finalised until at least mid-November.

Both sides are fully aware that the closer the talks run to the March 29 Brexit date the greater that Britain will leave without a deal.

If the timeframe is stretched further into December or even January, decisions will have to be made on whether to give ground or walk away.

The two sides remain at loggerheads over how to guarantee there will never be a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland but British officials insist they remain “confident” of getting a deal.

Andrew Bridgen admitted to feeling “dread” when thinking about  remaining in power until the next general election as he voiced his hope for a leadership challenge.

Mr Bridgen joined the ranks of May critics after the Prime Minister put forward her latest blueprint, insisting that her election had kept the UK from playing “hardball” with the EU.

Speaking to talkRADIO, the ardent Brexiteer said: “I hope there is a leadership challenge.

“I think we need someone who believes in Brexit to deliver Brexit, it’s clear the EU are playing very hardball and I think we need to play hardball back.”

A second referendum on Brexit could actually happen

Justine Greening’s call for a second vote has been joined by many other voices, all emboldened now that the taboo topic is out in the open and the conversation about a new Brexit referendum is taking shape.

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Blindly committing to something, beyond the point you realise it’s going to do you harm, is not a clever strategy. Yet this is what the argument from the extreme dogmatists who believe in exit at any price are focused on of late. “We need to see this through because it’s what the people voted for” is now the primary defence of the destruction this government is inflicting on our nation.

Brexit Minister Dominic Raab said he hoped cooler heads would prevail.
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Boy, oh, boy. We have reached a pretty pass. It has felt recently as though Brexit is chaos. Yet even within the wild chaos of Brexit it’s possible to see a structure. Every story has a trajectory, a narrative arc through which events unfold with great unpredictability and present the protagonists with surprising challenges and choices. Brexit is no different.

Robert McKee, Hollywood screenwriting guru, describes the “inciting incident” of any drama as the single event that sets in motion the ensuing chain of events, none of which would have happened without it and all of which happen with an inevitability that only becomes clear in the final act.

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This Brexit drama’s inciting incident was David Cameron’s gambit – that he could promise in his manifesto a referendum on Europe, thus fixing the division in his own party, but then never actually have to go through with it because it would be stymied by his Liberal Democrat partners in a hung parliament, a hung parliament that never came.

The first act of Brexit ended on the morning of 24 June 2016, with the stunning plot twist: Leave had actually won.

Brexit’s second act was this: how to solve the insoluble challenge that vote produced. It ended with another political gamble that seemed to offer a solution – Theresa May’s presidential campaign for a landslide majority. A landslide that – another shocking plot twist! – never came.

The third act has played out ever since and the curtain begins to fall with yet another fresh crisis: the visible implosion of the Tory party, the very thing the entire episode was designed to prevent – a delicious irony any screenwriter would relish.

So we are now, hopefully, entering the final act of this Brexit. It can go one of two ways.

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Give us the real Brexit we voted for, Mrs May – EXPRESS COMMENT

Britain is moving towards her destiny. As we report today, the battle lines have been drawn in the quest for Brexit

Theresa May delivering a Brexit speech at Mansion House (Image: BLOOMBERG/GETTY )

We urge Prime Minister Theresa May to read this alternative to her Brino (Brexit in name only) Chequers proposal and take it seriously.

Express Comment

As No10 steps up its campaign to sell its widely unpopular Chequers proposal to Brussels, Brexiteers are equally intensifying their campaign against it.

The backbencher’s European Research Group includes some of the most vocal voices on Brexit.

We urge Prime Minister Theresa May to read this alternative to her Brino (Brexit in name only) Chequers proposal and take it seriously.

We still believe that the UK will be better off outside the European Union, that we will be in a far stronger place when we can truly govern ourselves after March 29, 2019.

Also, we must remember that there is another group who intend to derail Brexit, overturn the referendum result and ensure that the UK never leaves the EU.

Remainers, fearful of independence and desperate for us to be ruled over by Brussels, are stepping up their attempts to undermine the democratic will of the British people – and we ignore them at our peril.

Iain Duncan Smith Defends Boris Johnson’s ‘Freedom Of Speech’ Over Burkas Row

But numerous leading Muslim figures have condemned the former foreign secretary’s “joke”

By Rachel Wearmouth

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Iain Duncan Smith has defended fellow Brexiteer Boris Johnson

Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith has defended Boris Johnson after he compared women in burkas to “letterboxes” and “bank robbers”.

Fellow Brexiteer Duncan Smith said there was not anything “particularly wrong” with comments the ex-foreign secretary, who faces an investigation by the Conservative Party, made about Muslim women in a Sunday Telegraph article.

He said people “may not agree with the tone or the jokes” made in the article, but that Johnson was exercise his “freedom of speech” and was defending the government line not to ban the burka, as Denmark has done.

Numerous leading Muslim figures, including Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, have condemned Johnson’s use of language.

One hundred Muslim women who wear a burka or niqab have written to Tory chairman Brandon Lewis to demand Boris Johnson be thrown out of the Conservative Party.

But Duncan Smith said: “We have a thing called freedom of speech in this country and I don’t believe that just because somebody takes offence that means therefore that there has to be an inquiry in terms of whether or not that individual should be shut down for saying what they believe.”

He added that those who “believe strongly in equality for women “take a very different view” on burkas, adding: “Most Muslim women don’t wear one and as I understand it that is their choice, and that’s what I uphold, their choice.”

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Theresa May has backed calls for Boris Johnson to apologise

Johnson was urged to apologise by both Lewis and Prime Minister Theresa May, and after several complaints were submitted to the party, an internal investigation will now take place.

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Denmark has ridiculed itself by banning burkas, activist tells Euronews

“We live in a land that has freedom of expression, freedom of speech, freedom of worship and freedom of choice and if you want to uphold those there will always be those that take offence,” Duncan Smith told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

The letter signed by 100 women said Johnson made a “deliberate choice” to inflame tensions, which could pave the way for “bigots to justify hate crime”.

Speaking as “free women who are able to speak for ourselves”, the group warns “all personal choices should be respected”, adding that an apology from Johnson would be “insufficient”.

According to the party’s code of conduct, members should not use their position to “bully, abuse, victimise, harass or unlawfully discriminate against others”, with the prospect of suspension or expulsion for those found to be in breach.