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A Brexit deal is ‘mathematically impossible’ according to Tory MP


Theresa May’s Brexit deal will not get through the House of Commons, it has been claimed.

As negotiations with Brussels enter the ‘end game’, the Prime Minister has been warned it is ‘mathematically impossible’ for her deal to succeed.

Tory Brexiteer Mark Francois said he had ‘up to 80’ colleagues willing to vote against Mrs May’s Chequers plan.

Conservative MP Mark Francois has said Theresa May will not get her Brexit deal through the Commons (Picture: PA)

He has been joined by Remainers keen to boot out the plan as well as the DUP who are demanding there be no concessions with the EU over the Irish border.

Mr Francois, who is a senior member of the European Research Group (ERG), told Newsnight, that Mrs May was doomed to failure.

He told Emily Maitlis: ‘Quite a few Remainers following Jo Johnson’s resignation are saying they would vote against Chequers.

‘The DUP have said they will vote against Chequers, some of the SNP, some of Liberal Democrats.

‘And the Labour Party are likely to oppose Chequers, too.

‘So there is absolutely no way that a deal based on Chequers will get through the House of Commons.

‘It is just mathematically impossible.’

The House of Commons will be given a single vote on the package comprising the divorce terms and an outline of the future trading relationship.

Failure to get it through, would almost certainly mean the end of Mrs May as Prime Minister and potentially another general election.

When pressed, Mr Francois said his aim was to ‘change the policy, not to change the Prime Minister.’

Theresa May at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet yesterday said there would not be a Brexit deal ‘at any cost’ (Picture: Reuters)

He said he was pushing for a free-trade Canada plus trade agreement rather than the current compromise on the table which would see us stay in the customs union until a deal could be sorted over the Irish border.

Mrs May suffered a bitter blow on Friday with the resignation of transport minister Jo Johnson, who called for a People’s Vote.

The Remainer said what was being offered was a false choice ‘between vassalage and chaos.’

Despite last-ditch talks this week, Britain still faces the prospect of crashing out of the EU on March 29th with no deal in place.

There is open mutiny within Mrs May’s party and more MPs are now beginning to speak out.

Jo Johnson has called for a People’s Vote and joined his brother Boris in resigning over Theresa May’s handling of Brexit (Picture: Reuters)

Aid minister Penny Mordaunt, a Eurosceptic, raised alarm bells yesterday by saying ministers would act as a ‘check’ on the plan.

Former Education Secretary Justine Greening on Monday called May’s proposals the ‘worst of all worlds,’ and said the public should be allowed to vote on Britain’s departure again.

Mrs May is likely to have to rely on Labour support if she wants to get her plan through the Commons.

However they are also in disarray, with Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer actively going against Jeremy Corbyn by suggesting there could be a second vote.

They could also make gains if a general election is called after the Chequers plan is booted out of the Commons.

International Development Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities Penny Mordaunt spoke out yesterday cautioning of May’s plan (Picture: AFP)

Theresa May is meeting her Cabinet today following a speech last night in which she said there will not be an agreement with the EU ‘at any cost.’

If no deal is agreed by Wednesday, the prospects of a special Brexit summit in Brussels in November will recede sharply.

This will further reduce Mrs May’s chances of getting a vote in Parliament before Christmas.

Half a dozen Brexiteer ministers including Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and Environment Secretary Michael Gove are due to tell Mrs May that leaving without a deal would be better than the current proposals on the table from Brussels.





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