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UK's new Brexit strategy won't inhibit trade deals: minister

London England. The cabinet are due to meet on Friday at Chequers to discuss new plans for Brexit. Dan Kitwood  Getty Images UK releases long-awaited and already derided Brexit plan | Bradenton Herald
Deanna Wagner | 14 July, 2018, 00:58

It's over claims the government's Brexit white paper does not respect the referendum result.

The model has infuriated many Brexit supporters and led to the resignations of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit Secretary David Davis.

THERESA MAY will face the first test of her Chequers plan in Parliament on Monday after Brexiteers tabled a series of hardline amendments.

One of the rebel amendments - signed by Mr Rees-Mogg, former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith and former minister Priti Patel - calls on the United Kingdom to scrap an offer to collect taxes and duties on behalf of the European Union, unless EU states reciprocate. Brexit meant Brexit, but now it appears Brexit means remaining subject to European laws.

They will demand the government scrap its offer to collect tariffs on behalf of the European Union when the Customs Bill returns for debate - a crucial element of the prime minister's plan for a "facilitated customs arrangement". "I believe this will help the government stick to the promises it made", the MP told the Sun.

The Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid published an interview with Trump as May was hosting him at a black-tie dinner at Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Britain's World War II Prime Minister Winston Churchill - the leader who coined the term "special relationship" for the trans-Atlantic bond.

But prominent Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg described it as a "breakdown in trust" and said Mrs May must now U-turn or be forced to rely on Labour votes to get her legislation through Parliament.

Former Conservative party leader Iain Duncan Smith said he had "deep misgivings" about the white paper; veteran Brexit hardliner Bill Cash declared himself "deeply anxious;" and Andrew Bridgen, who has already sent a letter expressing no confidence in May to party authorities, said he "and many colleagues" had "grave concerns" about the path the government is now on, Politico reported.

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Does it benefit the any way? And one of the freedoms we have is freedom of speech and the freedom to express your views. Trump did not specify which countries had committed to what, and it remained unclear whether any had changed their plans.

Speaking at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Mrs May insisted that her Chequers deal delivered on the "red lines" which she set out in her Lancaster House speech past year.

Davis said the so-called "soft Brexit" plan, which proposes maintaining a "UK-EU free-trade area", would leave the, "at best, a weak negotiating position and, at worst, an inescapable one".

"We deliver that Brexit and we do it in a way that protects jobs and livelihoods and meets our commitment to Northern Ireland".

Some 48 letters would be required to trigger a vote.

Asked if he could change May's plan without changing the prime minister herself, he replied: "Yes I think that's possible".

But leading Eurosceptic Bernard Jenkin played down the prospects of more walkouts from Mrs May's administration. "We are supporting Theresa for PM".

According to Politico, the key question is whether May's Tory opponents will try to keep pressure on May or whether they have the numbers and the intention to damage her government in an effort to get the Brexit they feel voters expect.