Boris Johnson predicts European Union 'victory' in Brexit talks

Boris Johnson predicts European Union 'victory' in Brexit talks

Boris Johnson predicts European Union 'victory' in Brexit talks

The EU's chief negotiator has said he "strongly" opposes parts of the plan.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Johnson said: "Out of their corners come Dominic Raab and Michel Barnier, shrugging their shoulders and beating their chests - and I just hope you aren't one of those trusting souls who still thinks it could really go either way".

"What we need at this time is serious leadership with a serious plan and that's exactly what the country has with this Prime Minister and this Brexit plan".

Downing Street claimed the current proposals put forward by the prime minister are the "only credible and negotiable plan" suggested from any quarter and that they would deliver on "the will of the people".

British Prime Minister Theresa May's brief summer holiday from Brexit battles came to a noisy end Monday, as she faced attack from both sides of her divided Conservative Party.

Updating MPs on negotiations, Raab said: "I'm mildly surprised at the suggestion that at the first sign of push-back from the European Union we should roll over - that's not what we're going to do, we're going to take a resolute, tenacious, approach to these negotiations".

Mr Johnson's intervention won the backing of leading Tory Brexiteers Steve Baker, who described it as "superb" and Owen Patterson, who said it offered a clear articulation of the "myths" surrounding the Irish border.

The British government says that the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence settled the question.

They say they are "deeply concerned that citizens' rights are still far from being truly safeguarded".

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Meanwhile the prime minister Theresa May has continued to rule out the possibility of a new vote, insisting that it would be a "gross betrayal of our democracy".

"We will remain in the European Union taxi; but this time locked in the boot, with absolutely no say on the destination", he wrote in Monday's column, criticising the plan for regulatory alignment. For some sectors there would be real challenges for both the United Kingdom and the EU.

"The UK has agreed to hand over £40 billion of taxpayers' money for two-thirds of diddly squat", he said.

Mr Whittingdale, who said he was personally "very unhappy" about the PM's plan, said Mr Barnier had instead been open to a free trade deal of "unprecedented closeness".

As Britain looks set to leave the EU's Single Market, business consultants have attempted to map out the numerous challenges facing the energy sector after Brexit, making the case for a transition phase to smooth the exit path.

Johnson resigned his post in July after disagreeing with May's Brexit vision, meaning he is now an influential figure on the backbenches of the governing Conservative Party.

"I will not be pushed into accepting compromises on the Chequers proposals that are not in our national interest", she wrote in the Sunday Telegraph newspaper.

Danuta Hubner, head of the European parliament's constitutional affairs committee that will first handle the agreement, said the target to hold a vote would be a plenary session due March 11-14.

As it stands, the Chequers plan will certainly anger many Brexiteers who feel it in no way respects the spirit of the referendum vote, as well as Remain supporters, who do not want Britain's relationship with the European Union to change, and so gives a wide variety of politically engaged voters across the country common cause to despise the Prime Minister.

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