Brexit BOMBSHELL: France REJECTS Chequers plan throwing exit talks into CHAOS

Brexit BOMBSHELL: France REJECTS Chequers plan throwing exit talks into CHAOS

British premier Theresa May, seen here at during official visit to Nairobi on Aug 30, says she will "not be pushed into accepting compromises" over Brexit.

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that the bloc has "a coherent market for goods, services, capital and people - our own ecosystem that has grown over decades".

Two of May's most senior lawmakers - Boris Johnson and David Davis - quit as foreign secretary and Brexit secretary respectively in July in protest at May's plan, saying it did not go far enough and would let down the millions of people who voted to leave the European Union in the 2016 referendum.

Those proposals were developed as a way of maintaining an open Border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland when United Kingdom leaves the EU, including the single market and customs union, next March.

But her words drew scepticism, including from the former Brexit negotiator David Davis, who said the pledge was little reassurance and that he would vote against Parliament giving Mrs May's exit plan its required approval. However, May suffered a new setback Saturday in efforts to unite her fractious Conservative Party around the Chequers plan after an influential Remain-voting former minister who previously backed the proposal announced he now opposed it.

Mr Barnier's objections to the plan were underlined during a meeting with the Brexit committee of UK MPs on Monday.

Speaking earlier yesterday, Green told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "High-stakes rhetoric, use of words like "surrender" and "white flag" and "treachery" and so on, that some newspapers have used, are absolutely what we don't need in the current circumstance. If that's matched on the other side, and I'm confident it will be, we'll get a deal".

He said that the real "scandal" was "not that we have failed, but that we have not even tried" on Brexit.


But Downing Street said the former Cabinet minister was offering "no new ideas" and said the country needed "serious leadership with a serious plan", which was being provided by the current premier.

The Sunday Times said Crosby is secretly masterminding a plot to destroy May's Chequers Brexit plan and is in close contact with the European Research Group (ERG), an influential group of Tory MPs campaigning for a hard Brexit.

We have also asked the embassy if this idea, which has always been called for by campaigners on both sides of the Channel, is being considered as a solution to the "no deal" scenario.

May's plan would keep Britain in a free-trade zone with the European Union for manufactured and agricultural goods.

"Businesses intent on waiting for clarity on the detail of the Brexit deal before taking steps to prepare for Brexit need to consider whether the negotiating timetable permits this strategy", said Francis, a commercial law expert at Pinsent Masons.

"We would be able to lower tariffs and negotiate and bring into effect new free trade deals straight away".

Since the publication of the government paper detailing the government's proposals, the so-called Chequers plan unveiled by May, British ministers have had more than 60 ministerial engagements with their counterparts across Europe, said Raab.

Mr Johnson said: "They may puff about "cherry-picking" the single market".

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