Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Tory MPs sign letter warning government against staying in European Union "by stealth"

Protesters set off from at Hyde Park Corner during of a pro-EU People's March For Europe in London Protesters set off from at Hyde Park Corner during of a pro-EU People's March For Europe in London
Velma Reese | 11 September, 2017, 01:45

Senior government sources said Brexit Minister Steve Baker - who denies claims he was involved - and Suella Fernandes, an aide to the chancellor, would keep their jobs.

It also expresses confidence in the future of "a global Britain" and says that the Government's Repeal Bill will "make Britain ready for life outside the EU".

It goes on: 'Continued membership of the single market, even as part of a transitional arrangement, would quite simply mean European Union membership by another name - and we can not allow our country to be kept in the European Union by stealth.

"We need to be sure that our own government is in charge of the deal - not the European Union - and that the deal won't become permanent".

Change Britain, the campaign group that evolved out of Vote Leave and has in the past received the backing of the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, has gathered up to 40 signatures for a letter seen by the BBC and the Times.

"The government must respect the will of the British people, and that means leaving the Single Market at the same time as we leave the European Union".

A Conservative source said Tories on either side of the Brexit debate were now coordinating their efforts to limit these so-called Henry VIII powers, by forcing the government to make concessions or risk a damaging defeat - demonstrating the difficulties the prime minister has in getting the Brexit legislation through parliament.

The tactic of asking big business to back government policy is not new, with several letters appearing in the past in the run up to national elections or referendums to lend economic credibility to the government of the day.

Cardinals Robert Nkemdiche out vs Lions
The Lions secondary also played well, contributing three interceptions and keeping Arizona's receivers from hurting them. He completed 27 of his 48 passes for 269 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions for a passer rating of 53.2.

Nicky Morgan, who chairs the Treasury Select Committee, hinted that May should discipline the pair by saying too often party leaders had "tried to appease" hardline Eurosceptics.

A source said there had been "conversations" but the pair would be staying in their posts.

Ms Davidson has been regularly touted as a future Conservative leader - and perhaps Prime Minister - should she move from Edinburgh down to Westminster. "We're focused on getting the best deal for the United Kingdom in Brexit negotiations", said the source.

Anna Soubry, the staunchly pro-Remain Conservative MP, told The Times: "I am hugely disappointed, in the wake of the general election which saw the Conservatives lose our majority, that colleagues are seeking to bind the government's negotiating hands in such a way as to make the hard Brexit the country and the PM doesn't want, inevitable".

'It would therefore be completely unacceptable for any minister or parliamentary private secretary to support it or encourage others to sign.

A Downing Street spokesman played down the importance of the letter.

"I don't think the country was prepared for this period that we're now in", she said.

Sources said the approach from officials had been accompanied by a request to sign it before the end of the week.

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