A leading Tory MP has branded May’s Chequers deal ‘dead’ as the PM attempts to see through another round of UK-EU negotiations this week.
Arch-remainer Sir Bernard Jenkin’s claimed the deal is neither wanted, or likely to be accepted by the EU.
”I’m afraid it is neither beloved by Remainers or Leavers. ‘It’s also quite likely to be either rejected by the EU or more demands will be made upon it so it will be even less acceptable,’ he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.”
Sir Bernard’s comments come after Justine Greening, a former cabinet minister, also suggested the proposals for the UK’s future relationship with the bloc offered to “worst of both worlds” as she became the most high-profile Conservative MP to back a fresh referendum.
Writing for the Sun on Sunday, Sir Bernard said: “The past seven days have been some of the most tumultuous in politics.
“It started with the Chequers Cabinet meeting, where the Prime Minister told her Brexit ministers to accept the new policy or resign.
“Within a few days, both David Davis and Boris Johnson resigned. Others followed. On our 2017 Brexit manifesto, Conservative MPs were mostly united.
“This change of policy has shattered that unity.
“After [the] resignations, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said: ‘It will be crystal clear at the end of this negotiation that the best situation will be to remain a member of the EU.’
“He means that the EU will force the UK to accept a punishment Brexit, or to retreat from Brexit altogether.
“Conservative MPs must now answer a simple question: Will we back the majority who voted for national independence, or just give in to Brussels?