Crit­ics of PM May press at­tack on Brexit pro­pos­als

Daily Nation Newspaper - - WORLD -

BIRM­ING­HAM, Eng­land Crit­ics of Theresa May’s Brexit plans stepped up their ef­forts on Sun­day to force the Bri­tish prime min­is­ter to change tack on leav­ing the Euro­pean Union, set­ting the tone for one of the worst-tem­pered con­fer­ences for her Con­ser­va­tive Party. Her former for­eign sec­re­tary and former Brexit min­is­ter both came out to rub­bish her so-called Che­quers plan, just six months be­fore Bri­tain is due to leave the EU in the coun­try’s big­gest shift in for­eign and trade pol­icy in more than 40 years. Boris John­son called her plans “de­ranged” and David Davis said her pro­pos­als were “just wrong”, part of a con­certed at­tack on a prime min­is­ter whose frag­ile lead­er­ship was un­der­mined fur­ther when the EU re­jected parts of Che­quers this month. In the cen­tral English city of Birm­ing­ham, where her party’s con­fer­ence will run un­til Wed­nes­day, she faces watch­ing po­ten­tial ri­vals pa­rade in front of Con­ser­va­tive mem­bers, aware that some in the party be­lieve that she should step aside. “Un­like the prime min­is­ter I cam­paigned for Brexit,” John­son, the book­mak­ers’ favourite to suc­ceed May, told the Sun­day Times news­pa­per. “Un­like the prime min­is­ter I fought for this, I be­lieve in it, I think it’s the right thing for our coun­try and I think that what is hap­pen­ing now is, alas, not what peo­ple were promised in 2016.” Davis, who like John­son re­signed in protest at the Che­quers pro­pos­als, named after May’s coun­try res­i­dence where an agree­ment with her min­is­ters was hashed out in July, again hit out at the plan, but was less crit­i­cal of his leader. May’s Brexit plan was “just wrong”, he told Sky News. “It just doesn’t do ei­ther what the ref­er­en­dum led peo­ple to ex­pect, bring back con­trol of laws it ab­so­lutely ex­plic­itly doesn’t do that - and it doesn’t bring back con­trol of bor­ders.”

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