Brexit LIVE: ‘ABSOLUTE STINKER’ Boris tells MPs to REJECT May plan ‘before it’s too LATE’

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Brexit LIVE: ‘ABSOLUTE STINKER’ Boris tells MPs to REJECT May plan ‘before it’s too LATE’

The Sunday Times reported Theresa May has secured the secret Brexit deal with the European Union to avoid a hard border with Ireland that has been central to the impasse in negotiations.

But writing in The Sun, the former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson dismissed the plans as ”a Christmas present of the finest old Brussels fudge”, which would leave Britain bound to EU laws without being able to have any say on them.

He said: “From social policy to the environment, from agriculture to industrial standards to immigration, when Brussels says ‘Jump’, the British answer will be ‘How high?’.

“If this is indeed the deal that is to be placed before Cabinet on Tuesday, it is an absolute stinker. It means we are proposing to hand over an amazing £40bn for absolutely nothing in return.”

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Brexit latest: Boris Johnson has launched another scathing attack against Theresa May (Image: GETTY)

Mr Johnson, who quit his role as Foreign Secretary in June in opposition to Mrs May’s Chequers blueprint, also rejected suggestions the arrangement could pave the way for a Canada-style trade deal.

He argued the joint UK/EU political declaration on the future relationship due to be released alongside the withdrawal agreement would be “worthless”.

Mr Johnson said: “We are being asked to choose between the break-up of the Union – at least for economic purposes – or the subjugation of the whole country.

“We are choosing wholesale subjection. We need to stop before it is too late.”

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Nigel Farage has said public trust in politics would be lost if Brexit did not happen (Image: GETTY)

7pm update: UK won’t be seen as ‘reliable partner’ for future trade deals if it doesn’t pay EU post-Brexit – Hammond 

Chancellor Philip Hammond has warned MPs on the Commons Treasury Committee if the UK doesn’t pay the EU in the evenit of a no-deal, then it won’t be regarded as a reliable partner in future trade deals. 

He said: What we have done in the negotiation is reached agreement on a formula for determining a number post-exist which has been agreed by the UK in the context of a deal. And we would not necessarily be prepared to agree that same formula in the context of no deal.

“But it would not be plausible or credible for the UK to assert that in the case of no deal, then no money at all was payable in respect of these obligations that were entered into during our period of membership.

“If we were to do so, we would effectively rule ourselves out as being regarded as reliable partners in future international deals of any kind, including trade deals.”

 5.30pm update: Labour says government is causing ‘very real distress’ for EU citizens post-Brexit

The government has been warned against causing further confusion over the post-Brexit future of EU citizens living in the UK. 

Shadow Home Secretary Dianne Abbott said there had been “very real distress” around messages from ministers towards three million EU citizens, their families and employers – warning the “clock is ticking” and more details are required soon. 

Speaking in the Commons, she said: “Does the minister accept that as we move towards leaving the EU, this type of confusion over policy is simply not acceptable.

“It’s not just the good faith of Government that she’s calling into question, but it’s people’s lives that we are playing with and does the minister accept finally that it simply isn’t good enough to come before this House and talk about further information being provided in due course.

“It is five months to go and the clock is ticking, and we want no further confusions of this nature.”

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Brexit latest: Philip Hammond warned against not paying the EU after Brexit (Image: GETTY)

5pm update: Huge poll reveals support for second referendum 

More than four in 10 Britons would back a second referendum offering the choice between an agreed withdrawal deal or remaining in the EU, one of the largest polls conducted on the subject has revealed.

Channel 4 quizzed around 20,000 people ahead of a live televised debate where senior politicians will go against each other over the UK’s decision to leave the bloc.

The poll showed 43 percent would support a second referendum that was a binary choice between a deal and remaining, with 37 percent against a vote on those terms.

But while it was backed by 63 percent of people who voted Remain, it was supported by just a fifth of Leave supporters.

Brexit: What The Nation Really Thinks, will be broadcast on Monday night and feature former Ukip leader Nigel Farage, Justice Minister David Gauke, shadow International Trade Secretary Barry Gardiner and Green MP Caroline Lucas.

4pm update: ‘May is NOT a fighter!’ Former Tory minister says Thatcher would NEVER surrender UK to EU

Margaret Thatcher was “a fighter” and would not have accepted the European Union’s continuous demands in Brexit negotiations in the same way Prime Minister Theresa May has, former Tory MP David Mellor has said.

Prime Minister Theresa May has secured a secret Brexit deal with the EU which would keep the whole of the UK in the customs union to avoid a hard border in Ireland, according to the Sunday Times.

The former Tory MP ripped into Mrs May and said she is “not a fighter” like former Prime minister Conservative Margaret Thatcher.

Speaking to Brexiteer Nigel Farage on LBC, Mr Mellor said: “The trouble with Theresa May, she thinks one more concession and she will get a deal.

“You know, that is the worry. I believe that when she exposes this stuff, I think a lot of people will think ‘if you’d fought harder and you’d been a different sort of person’.

“Let’s go back to a cliche. I was Margaret Thatcher’s youngest minister for four years. I served in her Government for nine years and another two under John Major.

“Margaret Thatcher was a fighter. “Theresa May is not a fighter. “Would Margaret Thatcher be accepting a lot of this stuff? No, no, no, no.”

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Brexit latest: Boris Johnson branded a proposed deal with the EU as an “absolute stinker” (Image: GETTY)

We need to be out of the customs union and we need to get out of the customs union in a timely way

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3.40pm update: NO CHANCE! Furious Varadkar hits May with Brexit warning over Irish border ‘ESCPAE CLAUSE’

Irish Prime

Mr Varadkar issued the warning after British negotiators tabled demands for an “escape clause” from any backstop deal, which would trigger a no-deal Brexit.

The two leaders discussed the current state of Brexit negotiations during a short phone call on Monday morning as London desperately tries to break the latest impasse.

Hopes of a conclusion for the withdrawal deal being reached this week were dashed after continuous EU-UK talks have ended with “nothing new”, according to an EU official.

An Irish government source revealed that Mr Varadkar made it clear to Mrs May Ireland and Brussels would both seek to reject any attempts by Britain include a clause giving them the unilateral ability to quit the backstop.

3.20pm update: Pound jumps on reports of a Brexit deal

The British currency briefly rose to a two-week high on hopes a Brexit deal was on the verge of being agreed with the EU. 

Sterling was up 2.3 basis points at $1.302 – its best result since October 22 – after a Sunday Times report claimed an all-UK customs deal will be written into the agreement governing Britain’s withdrawal from the EU. 

Theresa May’s office said the report was speculative, but that 95 percent of the deal was agreed and negotiations were ongoing. 

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Brexit latest: Theresa May has been warned by Leo Varadkar over an Irish backstop offer (Image: GETTY)

Paul Withers taking over live reporting from Laura Mowat

2pm update: Nigel Farage says he is confident May will get a withdrawal deal from the EU

Speaking to Sky, Mr Farage said: “In classic Brussels style, at the 11th hour there will be a deal, I’ve no doubt about that. It will be Brexit in name only.

“The rebels within the Conservative Party tend to melt away and become a relatively small number.

“My guess is that the customs union style deal that Theresa May is lining up … she’ll get it through parliament.”

The former Ukip leader said if Brexit did not happen, there would not be violence on the streets but the Tory party would suffer and UK politics would be shaken up.

1:30pm update: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar spoke to the Prime Minister Theresa May about the Brexit negotiations

Mrs May spoke about the possibility of a review mechanism for the Irish backstop.

The Taoiseach said he was open to proposals as long as the review did not involve unilateral decision to end the backstop.

He made it clear the backstop must apply ‘unless and until’ alternative arrangements are agreed.

Both May and Varadkar said they were hopeful negotiations could conclude as soon as possible.

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The letters demanding a People’s Vote come after 700,000 marched in London for a second EU vote (Image: GETTY)

1pm update: UK confident it will reach a deal with EU on financial services trade

The financial services minister John Glen said: “I am extremely confident we will reach an imminent deal.

“There is common ground. That is why we are increasingly positive on the expectation of reaching a deal.”

He also said the loss of jobs in the City after Brexit would be a fraction of what the scaremongering Remainers said it would be.

12pm update: Theresa May’s spokesman says cabinet will discuss Brexit on Tuesday

Both a no deal Brexit and a Brexit with a deal will be discussed by the cabinet.

The spokesman said the Government was working to secure a Brexit deal as soon as possible.

He said progress is good, but there is still a lot of work to do.

11am update: 

A letter calling for a public vote on the Brexit deal has been signed by more than 70 top business leaders saying the Brexit deal will fail to bring “frictionless” trade.

The letter to the Sunday Times has been signed by the country’s top business heads, including the former boss of Sainsbury’s Justin King.

The business leaders have formed a group called Business for a People’s Vote, which will launch on Thursday.

The letter says: “The business community was promised that, if the country voted to leave, there would continue to be frictionless trade with the EU and the certainty about future relations that we need to invest for the long term.

“Despite the Prime Minister’s best efforts, the proposals being discussed by the government and the European Commission fall far short of this.

“The uncertainty over the past two years has already led to a slump in investment.”

10am update: 

A second Brexit referendum has been backed by 1,400 of the UK’s top lawyers who have urged MPs to back one.

The lawyers, which include Labour peer Baroness Kennedy QC, have sent a letter to Parliament saying they are not legally tied to the 2016 vote.

The letter said: “Democratic government is not frozen in time” and questioned the validity of the vote and said it should not be the final word for the government any more than the 1975 referendum, which led to the UK joining the EU.

The letter said during the 2016 referendum “the nature of the negotiation process and its outcome were unknown.

“Voters faced a choice between a known reality and an unknown alternative. In the campaign, un-testable claims took the place of facts and reality.”

about lawyers’ letter demanding a second referendum.

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Leo Varadkar meeting Michel Barnier, the EU negotiator for Brexit (Image: GETTY )

9am update: Former Brexit minister Steve Baker has said EU withdrawal should mean departure from customs unions “in a timely way”

Mr Baker said: “If we are going to regulate our own economy, if we are going to have our own independent trade policy, if we are going to be a normal independent country – which is what I understood the referendum result to have decided – then we need to be out of the customs union and we need to get out of the customs union in a timely way.”

8am update: Thousands send letter to Taoiseach urging him to defend Irish citizens in Northern Ireland over Brexit

One thousand nationalists have signed a letter to Leo Varadkar demanding he defend the right of Irish citizens north of the border amid the uncertainty of Brexit.

The letter said: “There is a very real potential that partition could be reinforced, and our country and our people further divided.

“This is a source of grave concern to all of us.

“We, as Irish citizens, urge you to adhere to your commitment that we would ‘never again be left behind by an Irish Government’ and to redouble your efforts, and the efforts of your government, to ensure that our rights are protected.”

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