Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has called for a fundamental change in the ministers tone on “brexit”, accusing the united KINGDOM, the negotiators of being “intimidated by the EU”.
The Eurosceptic backbencher, said in a speech that “close collaboration” with the EU after brexit would be unacceptable.
The chancellor, Philip Hammond, meanwhile, has said that he hopes that the united KINGDOM and the countries of the EU move “very slightly” after “brexit”.
He said that they have already been “completely interconnected and aligned”.
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BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said the war of words went right to the heart of Mrs May’s struggle to keep his party together over his biggest project – how will the UK leave the EU.
While the majority of ministers thought that she was the only person able to do so, the mood in the party has turned sour in recent weeks, with one senior tory MP saying that they were “in the mood for regime change.”
The united KINGDOM is due to leave the European Union in March 2019, and negotiations are underway between the two sides.
One of the key questions is to know how to close their trade relations will be once the UK has left.
Mr Rees-Mogg, a leading Eurosceptic vote Conservative benches, has recently become the president of the European Research Group of Conservative Mps.
In his speech, he warned against “brexit” to be treated as a “damage limitation”.
The people “have not voted for the management of decline,” he says.
“They voted for hope and opportunity, and that policy must now deliver the goods.”
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The North East Somerset MP said that some of the “really obvious opportunities” to improve the lives of people from “brexit” were at risk, if a model similar to the european single market and the customs union was adopted.
This would leave the united KINGDOM, “stripped of even the little influence that we currently have”.
Mr. Rees-Mogg also stated that companies are going to suffer, unless the UK can set its own regulations, independent of the european UNION.
And he has criticized the united KINGDOM, the negotiators, who are led by brexit Secretary David Davis.
“For too long, our negotiators seem to have been cowed by the EU,” he argued.
“Their approach seems to be that we must accept that the EU will let us do and build from there. This is not a way to negotiate, and there is no way for this country to behave.”
Mr Rees-Mogg told BBC Radio 5live of Brexitcast that his purpose in criticizing the government’s approach to “brexit” was “supporting the prime minister against members of the opposition”.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Mr Hammond said that the UK was not looking for an “off-the-shelf” model to replace its membership of the EU single market and customs union.
The starting point is a position of “high-level bilateral trade in goods and services,” he said.
“So, instead of doing what we are normally doing in the trade negotiations – taking two divergent economies with low levels of trade and to try to bring people closer together to improve trade, we consider two completely interconnected and aligned on economies with high levels of trade between them, and selectively, by moving, we hope, very modestly, to share.
“And so, we must be confident of achieving something much more ambitious than any free trade agreement ever reached.”
A Cabinet source told the BBC: “The UK leaves the EU, the sooner Hammond realizes that the best. Very modest, the changes are not what the 52% voted for.”
Eurosceptic Conservative backbencher Bernard Jenkin told the BBC: “the chancellor of the been just a little care in the ambiguity of his words, or, rather, as we suspect, the Treasury has rather a different agenda. But I think it would be much easier for the prime minister to do his job if everyone stuck to the script and I think that is what he needs to do.”
He added that, although he didn’t want that, “maybe [the prime minister] needs another rework to give more ministers who support his policies, but he denied that he suggested that Mr. Hammond be dismissed.
Mr. Hammond has tweeted:
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The former Conservative MP and Scottish secretary Lord Forsyth told the BBC’s Question Time that the prime minister “needs to get a grip on the cabinet and the cabinet should get behind it”.
He added that Mr Hammond seems to say “something that is completely in contradiction with what was said by the prime minister in his Lancaster House speech.”
Downing Street has said Theresa may, has used the big words to talk about the “possibilities of” brexit “will provide for the country”, and that the government was convinced of the security of these possibilities in the next phase of the negotiations.
Asked if she agreed with Mr. Hammond’s comments, the spokesman said: “The council of ministers has signed up to the vision that the PM said in his speech.”