MPs to reject British PM's Brexit deal: ex-minister

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The former Tory leader told Newsnight that a meeting with critics would carry the party with them, after a senior fellow Brexiteer warned that Theresa May's Chequers deal could split the party.

At a conference in the Alpine lake resort of Bled in northwestern Slovenia, Michel Barnier said a Brexit deal was "not far" and that some 80 per cent of the withdrawal agreement had been agreed.

BORIS JOHNSON has said Theresa May's Chequers plan for Brexit is "worse than the status quo".

When asked if he had a message for the 50 Eurosceptic MPs who met earlier this week to discuss a coup against Mrs May, he said: "It's not about the leadership". But it broke up without a decision on a plan of action.

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday also renewed a pledge of close trade and security ties with Britain post-Brexit, helping lift sentiment.

The next stage in negotiations is expected to come after an informal meeting of European Union leaders in Salzburg next week when May will present her case.

Downing Street should seek to "thrash out" its differences with its Brexit opponents rather than setting up a unit to "accuse and attack them", Iain Duncan Smith has said.

Similar proposals have been rejected by the United Kingdom government in the past. This is seen as critical by both sides, but talks have been deadlocked for months.

May's spokesman said her proposal, known as "Chequers" for the country house where it was hashed out in July, is the only serious, credible and negotiable plan available. People are stuck in entry-level jobs and they're not progressing.

One of the people said the special Brexit summit was being lined up for the week of 12 November.

Johnson told talkRADIO's Ross Kempsell: "I think you need to go off and read the whole article and read it to your readers". British politicians inside May's governing Tory party, as well as in the opposition Labour Party, are preparing to sabotage the agreement. According to two people familiar with the meeting, nobody spoke against the idea that she must be removed.

The eurosceptics complain that accepting the free trade on goods with the European Union would mean Britain had to sign up to European Union regulations even after it leaves the bloc. One of those present said opposition to her leadership has hardened over the summer. This outline of a proposal to Brussels sparked the resignations of her Brexit Secretary David Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. On Wednesday, the ERG will put forward its own plan for resolving the Irish border question.

Andrea Jenkyns, who has submitted a letter of no confidence in May, told AFP the prime minister was "too dogmatic" to change course.

"Brexit is a negative negotiation, unfortunately".

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