May faces a party di­vided by Brexit

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - W RLD - —Reuters

Lon­don: Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s Con­ser­va­tive Party be­gan gath­er­ing for its an­nual con­fer­ence on Satur­day, bit­terly di­vided over her plans to leave the Euro­pean Union which threat­ens to de­rail any deal and put her own job in doubt.

Just six months be­fore Bri­tain is due to leave the EU on March 29, 2019, May has said talks to clinch a di­vorce deal are at an im­passe.

She has said her “Che­quers” pro­pos­als are the only vi­able op­tion, but EU lead­ers have said parts of them are un­ac­cept­able and many Con­ser­va­tive law­mak­ers have threat­ened to vote down a deal based on May’s blueprint.

The un­cer­tainty has led to busi­ness con­cerns that there will be no deal, po­ten­tially lead­ing to tar­iffs and bor­der de­lays.

Ja­panese car­maker Toy­ota on Satur­day warned that leav­ing with­out an agree­ment would hit its pro­duc­tion and jobs would ul­ti­mately be at risk.

“Of course we want a deal,” Busi­ness Sec­re­tary Greg Clark told BBC ra­dio, say­ing May and her ne­go­ti­at­ing team were de­ter­mined to se­cure a deal and there

were grounds for op­ti­mism.

“That’s why the next few weeks are go­ing to be im­por­tant to go through is­sue by is­sue what’s be­ing pro­posed to ad­dress whether there are any resid­ual con­cerns that the ne­go­tia­tors have and with a cool head and recog­nis­ing the com­mon in­ter­est in this, re­solve them one by one.”

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