Daily Brexit Update: Monday 10th September 2018
Former Brexit minister Steve Baker has warned that up to 80 Conservative MPs will reject Theresa May's Chequers deal.
Mr Baker, who resigned because of the Chequers proposals said that this level of opposition will give the PM a 'massive problem' at the Tory party conference later this month. He also told the Press Association that, should she press on with the Chequers proposals, the party will be catastrophically split.
But it looks like that catastrophic split is already a yawning chasm as senior Tories ganged up on Boris Johnson over his 'suicide vest' around the British constitution comments in yesterday's Mail on Sunday.
Nigel Farage, the former UKIP leader, asks is the country doing enough to prepare fpor a no-deal-Brexit:
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) September 6, 2018
And Tory Brexiteer MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg will launch a study tomorrow to show how the UK could get an extra £80 billion by getting out of the EU with no deal. "The senior Tory MP is to give his backing to research by a group of economists detailing how the UK could be better off trading under World Trade Organisation terms than under Theresa May’s Chequers plan for a deal with Brussels." Reports the Express.
The TUC has threatened to back a second referendum unless the government returns from Brussels with a deal to its liking.
Talking to the BBC, the TUC leader Frances O'Grady said that unless Thresa May's government struck "the deal that working people need" with the EU, she would be demanding a "popular vote".
"It's only right that people should get a say," she told the BBC.
Reports are coming in that Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, will be given a new mandate to soften up the approach and close the Brexit deal with the UK. According to the Express, he will actually be ordered to adopt a more flexible approach and find a solution