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Brexiters unveil plan to derail Theresa May's Chequers proposals

12 Juillet 2018

"What we have now is what the majority of people are looking for which is a sensible soft Brexit whereby the trading relationship between Britain and the European Union is one that is as positive and seamless as we can make it".

Johnson said Trump appreciates the "special relationship" between the United Kingdom and US and did not directly address whether the president will bring up the topic of Prime Minister Theresa May's increasingly tenuous position at 10 Downing Street.

Jeremy Hunt, appointed the new Foreign Secretary as the Prime Minister carried out a hurried reshuffle of her top team, vowed that he would be "four square" behind her in driving through her Brexit plan.

"I like Boris Johnson".

The PM needs only a simple majority to survive and following any failed bid to oust her, will be safe from another leadership challenge for 12 months.

The plan has unleashed a rebellion by Brexit hardliners who fear it may prevent Britain from concluding free-trade agreements with third countries and effectively turn the country into a "vassal state" or "colony" of the EU. "That dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt".

With the threat of more to follow, it could be game over for Theresa May and Britain's entire moderate Brexit plans.

"I would say Brexit is Brexit", he said.

Conservative Party vice chairs Ben Bradley and Maria Caulfield resigned on Tuesday afternoon - joining the growing list of Conservative MPs rebelling over Theresa May's plans for Brexit.

On this occasion, alas, such hopes would be misplaced: Theresa May's plan is not a plan for a soft Brexit, would not serve to address the Irish border issues, and crucially is not going to survive contact with European Union negotiators.

The FT said Britain wanted to be the country outside the bloc with the closest relationship in financial services to what will then be the EU's 27 member countries.

Yet May's plan, despite the ructions in Westminster, might be the best hope for avoiding the chaos of such an exit. "Brussels must not mistakenly conclude, as EU Council chief Donald Tusk hinted, that one more push will destroy Brexit".

The major issues for Britons were concerns about immigration, sovereignty and the sums paid to the EU.

A third amendment would require the government to sign up to having a separate Value-Added Tax regime from the EU, while a fourth would oblige the PM to creating primary legislation if she wanted to remain in the EU's customs union.

"But I come back to this point, if people don't like this proposal what is their alternative?"

"I think, and I'm delighted, that good sense seems to be breaking out", Lord Howard told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

A campaign is also underway to get "American Idiot", a 2004 song by the USA punk rock band Green Day, to the top of the UK Singles Chart.

Brexiters unveil plan to derail Theresa May's Chequers proposals