May shrugs off resignations ahead of Brexit paper
Theresa May: Brexit paper delivers
New Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab will today insist the government “respects the result of the referendum, and delivers a principled and practical Brexit”.
A 120-page white paper policy document is expected to say Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan is “the right approach – for both the UK and for the EU.”
The paper will set out in more detail how the Brexit plan will work, essentially by putting a free trade area for goods at the core of the blueprint for post-Brexit Britain.
Mrs May is determined to press on with her plan, shrugging off the resignation of two Cabinet ministers and amid rumours of more resignations unless the paper is fundamentally altered.
Speaking in Brussels she said: “It delivers on the vote that people gave on Brexit, it delivers the fact that we will have an end to free movement, we will have an end to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the UK, we won’t be sending vast contributions to the EU every year, we’ll be out of the Common Agricultural Policy, out of the Common Fisheries Policy.”
Some hardline Brexiteers in her party are laying down amendments to halt what they regard as a betrayal of the British public because it makes too many concessions and leaves the UK at the mercy of too many EU rules that they voted to reject.