BORIS Johnson has backed an alternative plan to quit the EU launched by a group of Tory Brexiteers as he pressures Theresa May to “chuck Chequers”.
Jacob Rees-Mogg and David Davis helped unveil the rival blueprint in Westminster this morning, which the former Foreign Secretary called a “fine piece of work”.
PA Jacob Rees-Mogg and David Davis unveiled the rival blueprint in Westminster this morning
London News Pictures Boris Johnson says he is backing the alternative plan to quit EU and pressuring Theresa May to ‘chuck Chequers’
The leading backbenchers said the Government’s White Paper will “absolutely preclude” a free trade agreement with America, and only their plan allows Britain to realise the full benefits of cutting ties with Brussels.
Mr Rees-Mogg said he hoped Mrs May would agree to ditch her existing idea for a future arrangement with the EU and opt for a looser, Canada-style free trade agreement.
At the launch of the report by the Institute of Economic Affairs, called “Plan A+”, he said: “The Prime Minister is a lady of singular wisdom and therefore is likely to recognise the reality that Chequers doesn’t have much support either in this country or abroad and this plan solves all her problems.”
He added: “With her wisdom and insight I’m sure she will be thinking very carefully about adopting it.”
London News Pictures The leading backbenchers said Theresa May’s White Paper will ‘absolutely preclude’ a free trade agreement with America
AFP Mr Rees-Mogg said he hoped Mrs May would agree to ditch her existing idea and opt for a looser, Canada-style free trade agreement
Mr Johnson revealed his support speaking to reporters outside his home today, and then on Twitter – where he used the hashtag “Chuck Chequers”.
He added: “This is a plan the EU would understand and respect – delivering prosperity for the UK and our European partners.
“I’ve no doubt it would unite MPs and the country.”
The alternate plan urges Mrs May to open trade talks with the US to try and break the deadlock with Brussels.
Boris Johnson backs alternative Brexit plan and urges Theresa May to dump Chequers proposals