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Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Boris accuses May of betrayal

Boris accuses May of betrayal

"I've no doubt Jacob Rees-Mogg is running our country", she told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

If Mrs May holds on as leader and manages to rally her troops behind the Brexit plan agreed by the Cabinet at Chequers, she still faces the tough challenge of winning the European Union over to her proposals.

Mr Davis's departure just 48 hours after being part of the Cabinet that agreed to Mrs May's plans also triggered the resignation of departmental ally Steve Baker, while fellow Brexit minister Suella Braverman is also reported to have stepped down.

The amendments could be used as a show of strength by the Brexiteers, who are furious at the Chequers plan, but there were signs at Westminster that Mrs May could be prepared to compromise in an effort to avert a damaging blow to her authority.

Mr Baker, rising to huge cheers from Tory backbenchers, said: "It is in the national interest that we should have and have implemented contingency plans for the unwanted eventuality of exiting the European Union with nothing agreed".

"These are people who do not want a responsible Brexit", she added of her hardliner colleagues.

An accidental Prime Minister, stuck with a job that she did not choose for herself, May is faced with the dual task of negotiating with the European Union while at the same time not deviating much from the ultimate objective of Brexit for which almost 52% of the British population had given their nod.

A sense of chaos gripping the British government Monday was increased when it emerged that parliament is likely to rise for summer break Thursday, five days earlier than had been scheduled.

Opposition MP Angela Rayner branded the move "absolutely pathetic" and accused the government of being "afraid of their own MPs causing mischief".

This way, the trade between the member states is carried out freely without much restraints and customs checks, but they can not strike their own deal with other nations outside the EU.

Further tests will come as the Trade Bill is debated on Tuesday.

A second mandates the country has a separate goods and services tax from Europe.

Eurosceptic Conservatives are planning to vote against the government on several amendments to the trade bill.

Meanwhile Boris Johnson, in his first public intervention since his resignation last week, appealed for people to take a more positive view of Britain's prospects outside the EU.

Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington said the Government would be setting out more details of its preparations for a no-deal scenario in the coming weeks.

Lord Peter Mandelson, former business secretary and a former EU trade commissioner, said in the Observer newspaper: "You are drawn to the conclusion that it would be better to be fully in the economic structures of the EU or out of them altogether, and if you are in them, better to stay in the EU itself as this provides a seat at the table where the rules are made".

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