Dominic Raab: Extend transition period to scrap Irish backstop

Dominic Raab: Extend transition period to scrap Irish backstop

Theresa May has urged MPs to "hold our nerve" through the final stages of Brexit talks, while warning hardliners in her own party that compromise will be necessary to achieve a deal with the EU.

He added: 'Everyone in Parliament knows who it is.' Rebel Tory MPs are thought to be on the brink of securing enough support for a leadership challenge over Mrs May's handling of the Brexit negotiations.

Mrs May said that extending the...

While there was still disagreement with the European Union over the form a backstop should take if there is no overall agreement, this should not be "the barrier to reaching the future partnership we all want to see", May said.

Last week, May indicated she could accept extending the transition period in which the United Kingdom would remain subject to the customs union and single market beyond December 2020 in an attempt to reach a free-trade agreement that would prevent the backstop being used.

She made clear, however, she would not accept a situation in which the United Kingdom could be kept "indefinitely" in either an extended period of transition or a backstop which tied the United Kingdom to European Union customs rules.

The Mail on Sunday reported that another Conservative politician said May should "bring her own noose" to a meeting of backbenchers on Wednesday.

Facing a packed and restive chamber, May repeated comments briefed out overnight in which she argued that 95% of a departure deal was in place and that the "one real sticking point" was how to guarantee there would be no return to a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

LONDON - Theresa May will begin another risky week pleading with her MPs for more time to complete Brexit negotiations after Cabinet ministers revolted further against plans in a late-night phone call on Sunday.

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The attacks marked the start of what is expected to be a tough week for the British Prime Minister, with some observers speculating that the number of MPs calling for her removal may reach the 48 figure which would trigger a vote of no confidence.

Trudy Harrison, the MP for Copeland, was the latest to sign up to the Stand Up 4 Brexit campaign that opposes any future trade deal based on Chequers, which would sign up the United Kingdom to a common rule book for food and goods after Brexit to ensure a free flow of trade across the border in Ireland.

Former Brexit secretary David Davis also piled on the pressure on May to attend this meeting and listen to the backbenchers' grievances.

Critics of May used aggressive language in anonymous briefings at the weekend.

In a long and hard conference call on Sunday, Work & Pensions secretary Ester McVey reportedly told the prime minister she was "devastated" by the transition extension proposal, while Home Secretary Sajid Javid challenged May to use the threat of a no-deal scenario as leverage in talks.

Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: 'Few disagree with her more than I do, but language like this debases politics.

A former Tory minister told newspaper: "The moment is coming when the knife gets heated, stuck in her front and twisted".

Labour are also putting pressure on May, as Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer claims the current situation is a "mess of the prime minister's own making". He said Tory infighting seemed "to have gone to another level".

He added that whoever briefed in violent terms about the Prime Minister's future "needs to have the fullest weight of the Conservative Party upon them".

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