PM to lobby European Union leaders on Brexit at Salzburg meeting

PM to lobby European Union leaders on Brexit at Salzburg meeting

PM to lobby European Union leaders on Brexit at Salzburg meeting

Britain had "gone into battle with the white flag fluttering over our leading tank" due to Mrs May's Chequers proposals to align United Kingdom standards on goods to the EU, Mr Johnson said.

"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", he said.

Her spokesman confirmed that she would use the opportunity to engage with individual leaders on the Brexit issue.

Another MP, Heidi Allen, told the BBC's Newsnight some of her fellow pro-EU Conservatives viewed Chequers as a "complete non-starter" but others, like her, were prepared to give it a "little bit longer".

Former education secretary Justine Greening suggested the Chequers deal was less popular than the poll tax - a flat tax on every person in the country first imposed in 1989, which led to widespread protests and is often cited as a factor leading to Margaret Thatcher being deposed as Prime Minister.

Mr Raab said the "scope and contours" of the agreement covering the UK's withdrawal were clear. "What we need are political decisions", he said.

"That actually leaves us in a position where they dictate our future rules without us having a say at all, so it's a worse deal". "There would be the immediate recovery of full legislative and regulatory control, including over immigration policy, and - whilst mindful of our legal obligations - a swifter end to our financial contributions to the European Union".

Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Dominic Raab attends a media briefing with European Union's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, after a meeting at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium August 21, 2018.

Asked whether Mr Johnson is hindering Brexit negotiations, he said: "The thing that's helpful is for us all to support the prime minister with her plan and make sure it gets a fair hearing with the European Union and for those who think there's a different way, then they need to properly set out what alternatives there might be".

"Markets clearly misunderstood Barnier's comments last week and even in the light of today's moves, investors are still underpricing the risk of a hard Brexit", said Ulrich Leuchtmann, a currency strategist at Commerzbank in Frankfurt.

"So you can obviously expect a continued and strong engagement with fellow European countries".

With Parliament due to return Tuesday from its summer break, Johnson and his fellow Brexit enthusiasts are not the only obstacle May faces as she tries to get her Brexit deal past the Conservative Party, Britain's Parliament and the EU.

That's according to The Sunday Times and The Mail on Sunday, which both carried reports claiming that Boris Johnson, the former foreign secretary, and Sir Lynton Crosby are on manoeuvres.

"If we continue on this basis we will throw away most of the advantages of Brexit", Johnson wrote in the Daily Telegraph newspaper on Monday.

The prime minister's official spokesman delivered the attack yesterday, just hours after an article by Mr Johnson was published containing severe criticism of Mrs May's Brexit proposals.

Downing Street's statement comes after Johnson used his Telegraph to accuse May of surrendering on Brexit.

"Should the British Government decide in favour of a customs union with us, which is still possible, things would be much easier", he told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper in an interview.

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