Bribes of Brexit

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - NEWS -

Demo­cratic Union­ists over the con­tro­ver­sial North­ern Ire­land back­stop. Cab­i­net Of­fice min­is­ter David Lid­ing­ton told MSPS at Holy­rood that if it the back­stop in­sur­ance pol­icy is ever used, the rest of the UK is likely to adopt the same sin­gle mar­ket regime in North­ern Ire­land – an idea which was quickly rub­bished by the DUP.

But there have been re­ports May’s team are plan­ning other sweet­en­ers to try to per­suade rebel MPS to change their mind. Ques­tions were raised over the tim­ing of a knight­hood handed to for­mer min­is­ter John Hayes MP, who was known to be wa­ver­ing on whether or not to sup­port the Brexit deal.

How­ever, he later said: “As I’ve made very clear be­fore my honour, I can­not sup­port the deal as it now stands.” The warn­ing that Mrs May will use all means nec­es­sary to win sup­port came as she suf­fered the seventh res­ig­na­tion from her Cab­i­net since pub­li­ca­tion of the Brexit with­drawal agree­ment less than three weeks ago.

Sam Gy­imah, who was Uni­ver­si­ties and Science Min­is­ter and voted to re­main in the EU, dis­missed her agree­ment with Brus­sels as a “deal in name only” and pledged to vote against it. He is be­ing tipped to come out in sup­port of a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum – a so-called Peo­ple’s Vote. Af­ter re­sign­ing, Gy­imah said Bri­tain was giv­ing up “our voice, our veto and our vote” in Europe. SNP Europe and For­eign Af­fairs spokesman Stephen Gethins MP said his res­ig­na­tion con­firmed the deal is “dead in the wa­ter”.

He added: “Par­lia­ment will not be bul­lied into a May Deal or No Deal vote.” Labour Party chair­man Ian Lav­ery said: “Theresa May’s Gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to fall apart in front of our eyes.

“May’s botched deal is fail­ing be­cause it would be bad for Bri­tain and peo­ple are wak­ing up to that.” How­ever, En­vi­ron­ment Sec­re­tary Michael Gove, a key fig­ure in the Vote Leave cam­paign, urged Tory Brex­i­teers to get be­hind the agree­ment.

He warned that Brexit could be “in peril” if the agree­ment was voted down but some crit­ics have ac­cused him of try­ing to po­si­tion him­self as a con­tender if the Prime Min­is­ter is forced out.

Sam Gy­imah quit

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