Published: Thu, February 22, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Conservative Backbenchers Remind Theresa May of Vulnerability on Brexit

Conservative Backbenchers Remind Theresa May of Vulnerability on Brexit

The letter from the European Research Group, led by Jacob Rees-Mogg, made clear that Eurosceptics will not tolerate any backsliding.

German government sources said he had appealed to senior figures in Angela Merkel's administration to help "make a win-win out of this mess".

Critics have accused the Prime Minister of being "too weak" to confront the hard Brexiteers in her own party.

It is also almost double the number needed to trigger a leadership contest.

"Your government must have the ability to change British laws and rules once we leave, rather than being a 'rule-taker"'.

"The withdrawal agreement has to take into account the future relationship", Brexit Secretary David Davis said on Tuesday, when asked about Bloomberg's report that the money could be linked to the European Union delivering its promises on trade.

The letter, revealed by the Times tonight, urged Theresa May to stick to the Brexit ideals outlined in her rousing Lancaster House speech one year ago.

Britain must not be stopped from negotiating and signing trade deals during any transition period, they said.

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Sam Lowe, a trade expert at the Centre for European Reform, told the Guardian: "A standstill transition is in everyone's interest and absolutely essential if the government is serious about negotiating a mutually beneficial ongoing relationship between the EU and UK".

As part of a draft withdrawal agreement reached last December, May signed up to paying up to 40 billion pounds ($56 billion) towards the U.K.'s ongoing liabilities for pensions and the European Union budget after Brexit.

In a letter, Tory Eurosceptic MPs warned the United Kingdom must have full control over laws after Brexit and must not become a "rule taker".

The EU has said the transition phase should end on 31 December, 2020, the end of its budget period.

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"I want to ensure that UK companies have the maximum freedom to trade and operate within German markets, and for German businesses to do the same in the UK", May said after meeting German leader Angela Merkel in Berlin.

The Department for International Trade [DIT] should publish a "global United Kingdom trade mandate", setting out how Britain wanted to approach trade deals with the rest of the world, said the 62 Eurosceptic MPs who form the European Research Group (ERG).

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