Brexit: David Davis confirms he will vote against Theresa May's Chequers deal in the commons

The news makes the failure of Ms May's plans as they stand more likely to fall in a commons vote due in the next six months 

Joe Watts
Political Editor
Sunday 02 September 2018 11:08
David Davis: Theresa May's Chequers deal 'almost worse than being in the EU'

Ex-Brexit secretary David Davis has confirmed he will vote against any deal with the EU based on Theresa May’s ‘Chequers’ compromise.

Eurosceptic Mr Davis said the proposals put forward by Ms May would be “worse than staying in” the European Union.

His admission makes it more likely the prime minister will be unable to get any deal based on her plans through the house of commons, where she has a wafer-then majority and a number of her own MPs already openly opposing her proposals.

It also comes as a new plot emerged to torpedo her plans, agreed with her cabinet at her Chequers retreat, involving Tory election guru Sir Lynton Crosby.

Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, Mr Davis said: “I will vote against it. It would be rather odd for me to resign over something and then vote for it when it came back.

“In my view the Chequers proposal is actually almost worse than being in [the EU].

“We will be under the rule of the European Union in respect of all our manufactured goods and agri-foods, that’s a really serious concession – what about ‘take back control’, it doesn’t work.”

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International trade secretary Liam Fox later defended the Chequers proposal, arguing that if a voter had opted to leave the EU at the 2016 referendum, then it would be a “no brainer” that they would prefer Ms May’s plan to staying in the EU.

Some estimates suggest that only seven MPs would have to rebel against Ms May in a vote for the plans to fail, with the likes of Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Andrea Jenkyns, Steve Baker, Conor Burns and Bernard Jenkin among those already likely to vote against it.

Sir Lynton is said to have ordered allies to work with Mr Baker and other hardline Brexiteers in the European Research Group (ERG) of Tory MPs – chaired by Mr Rees-Mogg – to bring down Ms May’s Chequers proposal, something that could well lead to her fall.

David Canxini will partner up with ex-Brexit minister Mr Baker, a key organiser in the Conservative Leave campaign ahead of the 2016 referendum, with one potential plan to revive the campaign group Change Britain, which some see as possible future platform for a Boris Johnson leadership campaign.

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