Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

'It's not too late to save Brexit,' Johnson tells parliament

'It's not too late to save Brexit,' Johnson tells parliament

Mrs May's intervention came as former Brexit minister Steve Baker, who quit over the Chequers plan along with Boris Johnson and David Davis, said the proposal was the work of an "establishment elite" bent on thwarting the European Union referendum vote.

Mr Johnson's statement will come on what will already be another tough and challenging day for the prime minister in a turbulent week.

"I won't be going in some voting lobby with Jacob Rees-Mogg and those who want a second referendum in some unholy alliance", he told Sky News. His standing in Trump's orbit was damaged by the publication of a book about the Trump White House by the author Michael Wolff but he has since positioned himself again as a leading voice on the United States far right. "We'll have an idea of the numbers, I suppose, at 10 o'clock on Monday evening".

Pro-EU lawmakers - from both May's Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party - had tried to force through a measure to have Britain to join a European customs union should there be no trade agreement with Brussels by January.

It was unclear whether they will actually press them to a vote after some pro-EU MPs backed Mrs May's Chequers plan and EU white paper.

The former Foreign Secretary, who dramatically quit his Cabinet role last week over Mrs May's Brexit stance, once again tore into the proposals and urged her to rethink her approach.

"The problem is not that we have failed to make the case for a free trade agreement of the kind spelt out at Lancaster House".

She added: "Things have moved on from that very clear message that Brexit means Brexit, and that is why we are rightfully questioning the legislation, putting forward new clauses and amendments, and saying not just to the Prime Minister but the whole of government reconsider, look again and work with us".

Boris Johnson is poised to make a potentially explosive resignation statement to MPs, nine days after quitting as foreign secretary.

In sign that he was keeping his powder dry, he said in an article for The Daily Telegraph that he would resist "for now" the temptation "to bang on about Brexit".

She warned it could lead to a damaging and disorderly Brexit, adding: "As I have said many times, we can get a good deal and that is what is best for Britain".

"People around the world believe passionately in Britain".

Writing in The Sunday Times, he said the Cabinet had agreed "concessions to the European Union that were so fundamental they risked undermining the whole Brexit process".

Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington said the Government would be setting out more details of its preparations for a no-deal scenario in the coming weeks.

The former London mayor was the face of the Brexit campaign in 2016.

Courts said he had resigned so that he could "express discontent" with May's proposals in expected parliamentary votes.

"This is the scale of the opportunity before us and my message to the country this weekend is simple: we need to keep our eyes on the prize".

Tory Brexiteer Bernard Jenkin suggested Mrs May's Chequers plan was "dead". "I say that's not acceptable", she told BBC television.

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