Deal & delay Pact close but it would stall Brexit until 2021
LEADING Brexiteer Jacob Reesmogg delivered a scathing attack on Theresa May’s Cabinet during a Leave Means Leave campaign rally yesterday.
The hard-line Tory MP told the audience: I’m afraid the Government is now in the business of managing decline. It doesn’t think Brexit can be a success and therefore it must ameliorate the consequences.”
He added: “I think Brexit is this stunning and exciting opportunity that we must grasp for and embrace and take on full-bloodedly.”
Mr Rees-mogg was joined at the event in Torquay, Devon, by EX-UKIP leader Nigel Farage. THE UK is within a whisker of getting an historic EU deal on Wednesday to put to MPS in a crunch vote next month.
But if Theresa May pulls it off at the European Council summit in Brussels it will tie the UK to Europe for the next three years.
That will infuriate leading Tory Brexiteers Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-mogg who will accuse the PM of selling out.
And it will stop International Trade Secretary Liam Fox from concluding any overseas deals.
Mrs May will present her plan to Cabinet on Tuesday and is braced for at least one minister to resign.
Brexiteers Andrea Leadsom and Penny Mordaunt are expected to stay but Work and Pensions Secretary Esther Mcvey may walk.
Mrs May’s Brexit guru Olly Robbins is in Brussels today franti- cally trying to persuade EU partners to accept our new offer.
The PM is prepared to keep the UK in the EU customs union until Christmas 2021, though she hopes to pull Britain out earlier.
That will maintain the frictionless border between north and south in Ireland which has been the biggest bugbear of negotiations.
A No10 source said: “There must be a Uk-wide solution but the PM would never trap the UK in a backstop permanently.”