LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May’s suggestion that points with the Brexit deal could be remedied in talks over its future ties with the bloc are “a tragic illusion” or “an attempt at deception,” former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson mentioned.
Boris Johnson speaks on the Conservative Home fringe assembly on the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, Britain, October 2, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples
In the times since she unveiled a draft EU divorce deal, May’s premiership has been thrust into disaster. Several ministers, together with her Brexit minister, have resigned and a few of her personal members of parliament are looking for to oust her.
Following sturdy criticism of her exit deal, May used an interview on Sunday to stress the define settlement on Britain’s future relationship with the bloc was nonetheless being negotiated and would ship on the 2016 Brexit vote.
“Of all the lies that are currently being peddled, the worst is that this agreement can somehow be remedied in the next stage of the talks. I have heard it said that this is like a football match, in which we are one-nil down at half-time, but as the Prime Minister suggested in her interview … we can still pull it back and get the Brexit we want,” Johnson wrote in his weekly column for Monday’s Daily Telegraph.
“I am afraid this is either a tragic illusion or an attempt at deception … we are about to give the EU the right to veto our departure from the customs union. Why should they let us go?”
Johnson, who resigned in protest at May’s Brexit plans in July, is seen as a possible successor to the British chief.
Setting out his personal solutions for the best way ahead, Johnson mentioned Britain ought to scrap the so-called Northern Ireland backstop, an insurance coverage coverage to keep away from a return to frame checks between the British province and EU-member Ireland.
The backstop, one of the crucial contentious elements of the deal, would imply Britain being trapped in “economic and political servitude” to the EU, he mentioned.
Instead, either side might talk about creating new unobtrusive checks away from the frontier, he mentioned.
Britain also needs to withhold at the very least half of the 39 billion pound divorce fee till an enhanced Canada-style free commerce deal between the EU and UK had been reached, he mentioned, including that preparations for leaving and not using a deal needs to be accelerated.
“This needs to be treated as a challenge to be overcome, not as an inevitable disaster; because after the short-term logistical difficulties, the prospects for jobs and growth, and free-trade deals, would be very good indeed,” he mentioned.
Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; Editing by Peter Cooney and Chris Reese