Furious Brexit row erupts as reports warn Britain won’t be ready to leave the EU in time

Theresa May meets MPs furious at Brexit fishing deal as Jacob Rees-Mogg warns it is ‘purgatory before heaven’ and Leavers gear up to throw FISH from a trawler on the Thames

-Tory MPs set to join Fishing For Leave group in the stunt on the River Thames

-Brexit transition deal keeps UK waters under the control of the EU for 19 months

-Fishing For Leave accused Theresa May and David Davis of an ‘abject betrayal’

The Commons Brexit committee has taken the rare move of producing two reports – one backed by Remainers and the other by Leavers – after MPs on each side couldn’t agree.

The committee has today recommended extending the March 2019 Brexit date, and the transition period due to end in December 2020, if necessary.

Its report said Britain should ask the EU for a “time-limited extension” if there is still deadlock by October 2018.

But in a major break from convention, this report was not backed by all 21 members of the committee.

Instead Brexiteers on the committee produced their own “minority report” claiming there’s “ample” time to get everything sorted.

Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg launched a savage attack on the “high priests of Remain” for pushing through the “partisan” main report.

He and fellow Tories Sir Christopher Chope, Andrea Jenkyns, Craig Mackinlay, and John Whittingdale refused to sign off the final version.

The chairman of the Brexit-backing European Research Group of Tory MPs branded the “partisan” report “the prospectus for the vassal state.”

He added: “It is a future not worthy of us as a country, and I am sure that Theresa May will rightly reject a report by the High Priests of Remain.

“The majority report would keep us in the customs union and the single market which is an attempt to keep us in the EU by sleight of hand.

“It appears to have been written in the slough of despond, despairing and defeatist.”

Meanwhile according to the Sunday Times, a second, secret report warning that Britain’s customs system will not be ready in time for the end of 2020 was handed to Cabinet ministers last week.

The Sunday Times claimed the “readiness report” was shown to Theresa May’s ‘ war Cabinet ‘.

But ministers did not get a chance to study it properly because the meeting was cut short by a Commons vote.

Labour MP Hilary Benn, who chairs the committee, denied he was trying to keep Britain in the European Union indefinitely.

He told BBC One’s Sunday Politics: “This is not about undermining the referendum result.

“It is about this problem that we face. There are seven months to go until the Article 50 negotiations are due to end. There’s a whole host of issues that haven’t yet been addressed.”

Mr Benn added: “What we are saying is, if there are a whole load of things that have not yet been negotiated, then the Government could ask for an extension to the Article 50 process.”

Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell signalled he backed the main report, saying: “We said there shouldn’t be a hard deadline, there should be some flexibility”.

But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson rejected the suggestion Britain won’t be ready in time for Brexit.

So what do you think?

Tell us in the comments.

Source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5521845/Jacob-Rees-Mogg-vows-throw-FISH-Thames-Brexit-deal.html
Source : https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/furious-brexit-row-erupts-reports-12209490

Who will hold the powerful to account?
Real, independent, investigative journalism is in alarming decline. It costs a lot to produce.
Many publications facing an uncertain future can no longer afford to fund it, meaning journalists are losing the ability to hold the rich and powerful to account.
Pledge as little as £1.00 to help us support independent investigative journalism

You May Also Like