For­mer Min­is­ter brands May’s Brexit deal a dis­as­ter

Midweek Sport - - News - By REX ROW­LANDS [email protected]­daysport.co.uk

THERESA May’s Brexit deal is “doomed” and must be rene­go­ti­ated, ex-de­fence sec­re­tary Sir Michael Fal­lon has said, chan­nel­ing Dad’s Army mis­ery Pri­vate Frazer.

He launched a scathing at­tack on the pro­posed EU agree­ment, say­ing it was the “worst of all worlds” and that the PM’s fu­ture was “up to col­leagues”.

The prime min­is­ter is vis­it­ing Wales and North­ern Ire­land to ar­gue her deal will bring cer­tainty to busi­ness.

DUP leader Ar­lene Fos­ter said the trip was a “waste of time” as Par­lia­ment would not sup­port her deal.

Mrs Fos­ter, whose party has a par­lia­men­tary pact with Con­ser­va­tives to sup­port the govern­ment, said Mrs May had “given up” on try­ing to se­cure a bet­ter deal for North­ern Ire­land.

While peo­ple were “fed up” with the Brexit process drag­ging on, that was not a good enough rea­son “to ac­cept what’s on the table”, she told the BBC.

Blow

Par­lia­ment will vote on on De­cem­ber 11 whether to ac­cept or re­ject the terms of the UK’s with­drawal and its fu­ture re­la­tions ne­go­ti­ated by Mrs May.

Sir Michael’s de­ci­sion to come out against the deal is a blow to the prime min­is­ter, who is strug­gling to muster sup­port in Par­lia­ment for it.

Labour, the Lib Dems, the SNP and the Demo­cratic Union­ists have said they will vote against the deal, while many Tories have said pub­licly they are op­posed.

Op­po­nents of the deal say it will keep the UK too closely tied to EU rules and make it harder to strike fu­ture trade deals with other coun­tries and min­imise their value.

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has also sug­gested the with­drawal agree­ment “sounds like a great deal for the EU” and might ham­per a fu­ture trade deal with the UK but Mrs May has said this was not the case.

BLASTED: Fal­lon ( right) has laid into PM May’s EU deal

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