Sir Bill urges May to scrap Chequers plan

By Pete Madeley | Staffordshire | Politics | Published:

Sir Bill Cash has called on Theresa May to scrap her Brexit plan following reports that the EU believed it had no chance of succeeding.

Stone MP Sir Bill Cash

The veteran Tory Eurosceptic and Stone MP told the European scrutiny committee that the Chequers plan should be 'put out of its misery' as it satisfied 'virtually no one'.

It comes after Wolverhampton South East Labour MP Pat McFadden revealed that Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, had told the Brexit Select Committee that the proposals were 'dead in the water'.

Mrs May faces a campaign to 'chuck Chequers' from furious Tory MPs, led by former ministers Boris Johnson and David Davis, while Remainers have warned that in its current state it would be highly unlikely to pass through Parliament.

The concerns from Brussels appear to be over the Prime Minister's customs arrangements and common rulebook proposals.

However, Stefaan de Rynck, a senior adviser to Mr Barnier, threw the Government a lifeline when he cast doubt over the claims that Brussels thought Chequers was a total non-starter.

He tweeted: “Michel Barnier actually said in no uncertain terms that Chequers has positive elements, with reference to security and foreign policy and to an FTA as a common denominator for the economic partnership after Brexit.”

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab suggested British MPs on the Brexit Select Committee had been 'used as a pressure exercise' by Brussels as part of their negotiating tactics.

Pete Madeley

By Pete Madeley

Political Editor for the Express & Star. Responsible for local and national political stories, opinion, comment and analysis.


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