UK Leader May Vows No Compromises with Her Chequers Plan on Brexit
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed to stay strong with respect to any attempts to water down her Brexit blueprint, the White Paper also kown as the Chequers plan, during Britain’s negotiations with the EU.
The EU has in essence dismissed May’s plan early on as contradicting the principles of the European single market.
May’s Cabinet, however, is sticking to the Chequers plan in the Brexit talks, which appear to have stalled over the key issues of how to avoid a hard Northern Ireland – Ireland border, and exactly what the future relationship between the UK and the Union should be.
The EU’s counter-proposal boils down to the two forming a customs union following the rules of the single market, which include a number of unpalatable requirements for the Brexiteers of all levels.
British Prime Minister May declared on Sunday she would “not be pushed” into compromises on her Chequers agreement that are not in the “national interest”, and she would also not yield to pressure for holding a second referendum on Britain’s withdrawal agreement.
“We want to leave with a good deal and we are confident we can reach one,” May wrote in The Sunday Telegraph.
She states the British government is prepared for a no-deal scenario regardless of the fact that would bring about “real challenges for both the UK and the EU” in some sectors.
“We would get through it and go on to thrive,” the British Prime Minister wrote with respect to the prospects for a so called hard Brexit.
Admitting that the coming months are “critical in shaping the future of our country”, May is convinced that her Brexit blueprint from Chequers, which rattled her Cabinet in July, has led to “real progress” in the talks with the EU.
She also insists in her article that her government will not support another referendum on Brexit.
“In the summer of 2016, millions came out to have their say. In many cases for the first time in decades, they trusted that their vote would count; that after years of feeling ignored by politics, their voices would be heard,” May argued.
“To ask the question all over again would be a gross betrayal of our democracy – and a betrayal of that trust,” she concluded.
Calls for a referendum on the final Brexit deal have become more pronounced in recent months, with the most prominent group voicing such demands being the People’s Vote, a cross-party group including some MPs.
The UK is to leave the EU on March 29, 2019. A 1.5-year transition period is to follow but only if any kind of a withdrawal agreement, or at least a joint Brexit declaration (the “blind Brexit” option) is made.
The EU insists on a Brexit deal before the European Council summit on October 17 – 18, 2018, because that would allow the British and European Parliaments sufficient time to vote on it.
(Banner image: Theresa May on Twitter)