Clarke slams May’s Brexit dead­line law as ridicu­lous

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TORY rebel Ken Clarke at­tacked Theresa May’s plan to en­shrine in law the time Bri­tain leaves the EU.

She risked harm­ing the na­tional in­ter­est to “throw a sop” to Brexit-back­ing Cab­i­net pair Boris John­son and Michael Gove, he said.

Mr Clarke added that with talks stalled a dead­line was “ut­terly fool­ish”.

He was cheered by MPs on all sides as he said the dead­line was “ridicu­lous”.

Tory Do­minic Grieve said a dead­line would “add noth­ing to the strength of the Gov­ern­ment’s ne­go­ti­at­ing po­si­tion”.


It leaves Mrs May fac­ing po­ten­tial de­feat as the EU With­drawal Bill moves through the Com­mons.

As MPs be­gan line-by­line scru­tiny of the Bill, the Gov­ern­ment emerged un­scathed from yes­ter­day’s first set of votes.

MPs pre­dict Brexit could cause “mas­sive queues” at Dover if a new cus­toms sys­tem is not in place be­fore we quit the EU.

Food could be left to rot if a no-deal Brexit led to cus­toms of­fi­cers try­ing to cope with the re­sult­ing 500% in­crease in work­load.

FU­RI­OUS Tory Ken Clarke

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