Deal & de­lay Pact close but it would stall Brexit un­til 2021

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Keir Mudie DEPUTY PO­LIT­I­CAL ED­I­TOR by Nigel Nel­son PO­LIT­I­CAL ED­I­TOR

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.”

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