No chance for Brexit deal: leading Tory

No chance for Brexit deal: leading Tory

Conservative Party talks with Labour over UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit agreement will “peter out” within days, according to Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbenchers.

The influential MP said he found it “very hard to see” how the talks with the opposition “can lead to any sensible resolution”.

Having ruled out cross-party talks as a potential solution to the deadlock, Brady suggested May’s deal would be “defeated by a large margin again” if she brought it back unamended for a fourth time. He is calling for changes on the Irish “backstop” arrangement for the British border in Ireland.

The backbench representative intends to bring forward an amendment saying the backstop would “stay in the text [but] obviously could never be used” despite previous EU objections to anything that would undermine what negotiators call an “insurance policy”.

“If the customs union is agreed without a second referendum then half the Labour Party won’t vote for whatever comes through regardless, and if a customs union is agreed then most of the Conservative Party isn’t going to support it,” he told the BBC.

“So I can’t see that is a very productive route to follow … it will peter out in the next few days without having come to any significant conclusion”.

Another round of negotiations is planned for next week although the parties are yet to make any real progress.

Labour MPs called for the party to pull out of the “toxic” talks this week, warning of “fury” among MPs and members.

Defection

One of the Conservative Party’s most prominent financial backers has emerged as the source of a £200,000 donation to Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party.
Jeremy Hosking, who owns a large share in Crystal Palace Football Club, said he knew of up to four other people who had pledged or given similar amounts.
The party has purportedly raised more than £2 million in donations but Farage has refused to reveal the identities of the donors.
“I have given £200,000 and urge all who wish to see a proper conservative party in Britain to support the BP as much as they can,” Hosking told the Daily Telegraph. “If the Conservatives insist on diluting Brexit, what hope is there on other issues where a robust Conservative position needs to be advocated?
“I apologise to the stormtroopers of the politically correct ‘Brexit reversal conspiracy’ that, inconveniently for them, I am a British citizen and resident taxpayer, not a Russian oligarch.”

 

The Conservatives are hopelessly divided on Brexit. Picture credit: Eurasia Times

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