Brexit news: Boris Johnson has been urged to grow up and accept May’s deal
The staunch Brexiteer came under fire after Theresa May pushed through her plans for a ‘third’ way Brexit during nine-hour talks in Buckinghamshire on Friday night.
Today a small group of Tory MPs attended a briefing in Whitehall by Chief Whip Julian Smith and Mrs May’s chief of staff Gavin Barwell about the deal.
Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris said the package was “realistic” and Brexiteers now had to be “grown up” about it.
When quizzed over Boris Johnson and Michael Gove’s approach to Brexit, he said: “The reality is they have to grow up and accept it.”
He said the detail of the agreement would be in the white paper on Thursday, adding: “What this is, in effect, is a common market, that is what it looks like to me”.
It comes after Prime Minister Theresa May was forced to dare up to seven Eurosceptic Cabinet ministers to walk away as she faced down a threatened revolt.
Mrs May persuaded her Eurosceptic MPs to back her 12-point blueprint for Britain’s future relationship with Brussels but also announced the Cabinet agreed to step up preparations for a “no-deal” Brexit.
But in an extraordinary move, Mrs May signalled her readiness for an emergency reshuffle to “bring on talent” if any rebels quit.
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The reality is they have to grow up and accept it
She has faced an angry backlash from Eurosceptic Tory MPs after the deal proposed a “free trade area for goods” that will mean the UK adopting many rules and regulations from the bitter bloc.
Her blueprint also included a role for the EU’s Court of Justice as an “interpreter of EU rules” in the UK after Brexit.
In a warning to Brussels, the Cabinet also signalled that the Government will step up preparations for quitting the bloc without a deal unless EU negotiators are ready “to reach agreement on a good and sustainable future relationship”.
On the eve of the marathon Chequers meeting, Brexiteer ministers met at Boris Johnson’s Foreign Office to consider their strategy.
Brexit Secretary David Davis was understood to have serious reservations about both the plan and whether it could be acceptable to Brussels.
But no one resigned and the Prime Minister said the Cabinet had agreed a “collective position” on the future of the negotiations with the EU.
She said: “Our proposal will create a UK-EU free trade area which establishes a common rule book for industrial goods and agricultural products.
“This maintains high standards in these areas, but we will also ensure that no new changes in the future take place without the approval of our Parliament.
“As a result, we avoid friction in terms of trade, which protects jobs and livelihoods, as well as meeting our commitments in Northern Ireland.”