Amber Rudd and Iain Duncan Smith urge fellow Tory MPs to unite behind the PM over Withdrawal Bill amendments: Brexit News for Sunday 10 June

Amber Rudd and Iain Duncan Smith urge fellow Tory MPs to unite behind the PM over Withdrawal Bill amendments: Brexit News for Sunday 10 June
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Amber Rudd and Iain Duncan Smith urge fellow Tory MPs to unite behind the PM over Withdrawal Bill amendments…

We found ourselves on different sides of the debate during the EU referendum but today we are united in our determination to make Brexit a success for Britain. Just like the country as a whole, Conservatives have different perspectives on exactly what our future relationship with the EU should look like. It should surprise no one that on something as complex as Brexit, people of good faith who share common political principles can disagree. Leaving the EU after over 40 years of membership inevitably poses questions which defy easy answers. – Amber Rudd MP and Iain Duncan Smith MP for the Telegraph

  • Back Theresa May or pave the way for a government led by Jeremy Corbyn, Tory rebels told – Telegraph (£)
  • Theresa May warns Tory rebels that voting against her will be helping Lords stop Brexit – Sun on Sunday

…as anti-Brexit rebel Tories rally round Theresa May ahead of crucial Brexit votes

Rebel Tory MPs who want to keep the UK in the EU customs union and single market appeared on Saturday to be backing away from defeating Theresa May in crucial parliamentary votes this week – because they fear the resulting humiliation could threaten her leadership and let in Boris Johnson. Before a momentous week in the Commons, several votes – including on the customs union and the role of parliament in the Brexit “endgame” – remain on a knife edge. Labour, the SNP and Liberal Democrats need only a dozen or so Tories to join them to inflict humiliation on May, and throw her Brexit strategy into chaos. But on Saturday there were signs that May and her whips had reduced the threat level from critical to severe, as key Tory rebels said they feared that striking now could trigger a full-blown leadership crisis that would destabilise the entire party and pave the way for a hardline Brexiter such as Johnson to mount a challenge. – Observer

EU’s Michel Barnier to ambush Theresa May over free movement

Theresa May is facing an autumn ambush to try to force Britain to accept freedom of movement after Brexit as a menacing cabinet split opens up over immigration. A European ambassador has warned the government that the EU negotiator, Michel Barnier, will put freedom of movement back on the table at May’s moment of maximum weakness ahead of the Conservative Party conference. Senior government officials say they expect the EU to demand continued freedom of movement if Britain wants frictionless trade in goods with the EU, but May’s team is divided over how to respond. Sajid Javid, the new home secretary, has torn up plans to offer European migrants preferential access to Britain after Brexit. – Times (£)

David Davis reportedly warns Tories of risk of 1997-style defeat if UK has not escaped Brussels’ clutches by 2022

David Davis has warned the Brexit inner Cabinet that if the UK is still “suffering” under the backstop at the time of the next election, then the Tories will suffer a 1997-style defeat. The Brexit Secretary argued passionately that this risk meant  the UK had to keep control of the backstop — which would keep the UK in a customs union with the EU and having to follow all of Brussels’ rules on goods. It had to be able to choose when to end it. – James Forsyth for The Sun

Irish PM disappointed by UK delay on white paper

Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Leo Varadkar has expressed disappointment that the UK government’s white paper on Brexit will not be published prior to a crunch EU summit in Brussels. Prime Minister Theresa May said it would not be available in time for the key meeting later this month. Mr Varadkar described the delay as “disappointing but not entirely surprising”. The UK is set to leave the European Union in March 2019. – BBC News

Britain facing tax rises to fund NHS as ‘Hammond refuses to use Brexit dividend’

Britain could be heading for tax rises to fund a major cash boost for the NHS because Philip Hammond is refusing to allocate funds from a Brexit dividend, Government sources claim. Senior Tories accused the Chancellor of being “politically tin-eared” amid a Cabinet battle over the financing of a funding increase to mark the 70th anniversary of the health service next month. Last night a friend of the Chancellor said the claims were “incorrect”, adding: “Clearly any Chancellor would use every available source of funding to support our public services.” – Telegraph (£)

Prince William leads small business exports charge

The Duke of Cambridge has urged small businesses to get exporting to stop Britain losing its position as a “hub for global commerce”. Speaking exclusively to The Sunday Times, Prince William said it was “vital for future growth and prosperity that more of these businesses start to export. Britain has always been a great trading nation, and a hub for global commerce,” he added, “but where our fast-growing community of small and medium-sized enterprises is concerned, we cannot risk falling behind.” He was speaking before the International Business Festival, where he is a patron, which starts in Liverpool this week. The comments come amid a renewed export push by the government. At present, it is estimated that just a third of small businesses sell their products abroad. Boosting exports is seen as vital if Britain is to flourish after leaving the EU. In the year to the end of March, the total trade deficit narrowed by £13.3bn to £26.6bn. – Sunday Times (£)

Telegraph: MPs must deliver the Brexit the British people voted for

This week, the Commons will debate the amendments made to the EU Withdrawal Bill by the House of Lords. MPs must vote against them. The Withdrawal Bill is a necessary piece of technical legislation designed to make Brexit easier to implement, by transferring EU law into British law as seamlessly as possible. Not only have the peers tried to complicate that process by insisting on scrutiny of every tweak made to these transferred rules, they have set out to bind the Government’s hands by forcing it to negotiate to stay in the customs union. They have shamelessly hijacked the Withdrawal Bill. Iain Duncan Smith and Amber Rudd, writing in this newpaper today, urge their fellow MPs to reject the amendments. One was a Leaver, the other a Remainer. But they agree that it would be madness to sabotage Brexit – and for what? A desperate bid to re-fight the EU referendum? – Telegraph editorial

Jacob Rees-Mogg: Tories do not have to love the Brexit bill but they must push it through

“WHAT is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare.“ As the Prime Minister flies back from the G7 meeting in Canada, I hope she will have time at least to sit and stare, perhaps enjoying a well-deserved drink, as next week will be an important one in her premiership. There are two strands to leaving the European Union. The first is the Article 50 process. This aspect of EU law, provided for under the treaties, required an Act of Parliament to start it — and once presented to the EU it began a two-year process of negotiation about the terms of our departure and the framework for our future relationship. That the latter is a treaty obligation of the EU often seems to be forgotten, as discussions have focused on what is demanded of us with little thought what the future arrangements will be. The second strand gives effect to our decision to leave in domestic law. – Jacob Rees-Mogg MP for the Sun on Sunday

Gisela Stuart: MPs must now deliver in order to respect referendum result or risk constituents feeling ignored

What will life outside the EU look like? Will we be like Norway, Turkey or even Albania? The Remain campaign threw the question at Vote Leave but then, before waiting for an answer, went on to arrogantly rule out any possible alternative to EU membership. Vote Leave was clear, none of these models would work. The Norway model, with the UK staying in the Single Market, would mean continued free movement of people, paying billions into the EU budget and having to accept EU rules without getting any say over them. The Turkey model, with the UK remaining in the Customs Union, would see the UK become a ‘silent partner’ and leave Britain with ‘no influence in the European Union or in global trade deals’, according to the CBI. No. We were clear, leaving the EU was about taking back control of our laws, borders, money and trade. These are the red lines set by the public in the referendum and these red lines are crossed if we do not leave both the Single Market and the Customs Union. That’s one thing both sides agreed the referendum vote entailed. Indeed, Remainers repeated it over and over again as a threat. Leaving the EU would mean leaving the Single Market and Customs Union. – Gisela Stuart for the Telegraph (£)

The Sun: Theresa May must now show she’s got the chops to lead global Britain out of the EU

Tory MPs are asking what the Prime Minister stands for, and who can blame them? There is a worrying sense of drift in Downing Street. We haven’t seen enough on vital issues at home, and our negotiations with the EU are turning into such an expensive fudge you’d think Mrs May was setting up a sweet shop for the summer holidays. There are vital votes to be fought over this week in the Commons. Win or lose, some Tory rebels will be plotting her successor. The Prime Minister must show some leadership, face down Westminster’s remoaners, and deliver a Brexit that allows this country to thrive once we leave the European Union. – Sun on Sunday editorial

Caroline Flint: The idea of another six months before the UK leaves EU would be quite wrong

This week, Parliament faces some real Brexit choices. One choice is whether to demand that the Government seeks a Norway-style deal. Norway isn’t a member of the EU. But it agrees to accept all their rules; including free movement; and pays into the EU every year. But, as a non-member, Norway gets no vote. Brussels decides the rules. Norway abides by them. That is not what my electors voted for when they voted to leave. Parliament was always promised a vote on the final. A “no deal Brexit” would be a disaster. But one proposal from the Lords, includes voting to reject the deal and sending the Government back with a new list of demands to extend the talks – delaying Brexit. After two years of talks, the idea of another six months or a year, before the UK leaves would be quite wrong. And if Exit Day is delayed beyond March 2019, we would have to elect new MEPs in May to a European Parliament we voted to leave. Crazy. – Caroline Flint MP for the Sun on Sunday

Daniel Hannan: Britain is dangerously close to a Brexit deal that is worse than staying or leaving the EU

George Soros is too late. Just as the Hungarian-American financier launches his multi-million pound campaign for a second EU vote, Brussels has moved on. Eurocrats no longer talk, even in private, about reversing Brexit. It’s not that they have suddenly started to respect the will of the people. Rather, it’s that they have found what they see as an even better option. What could be better than a humiliated Britain begging to reverse its decision? Why, a humiliated Britain that remains in the EU without votes or a veto. The United Kingdom is inching toward an open-ended transition period that will leave almost everything as it is. Brussels will continue to run our agriculture, our fisheries, our overseas trade, our employment laws. We shall continue to pump our squillions across the Channel. Our laws will remain subject to Euro-judges. Only one significant thing will change: we shall lose our representation in the EU institutions and, with it, our ability to block harmful new laws. – Daniel Hannan MEP for the Telegraph (£)

Andrew Bridgen: It’s time for Theresa May to take back control as the stakes have never been higher

This week could well decide the future of our country, our democracy and indeed whether Theresa May survives as our Prime Minister. The stakes have never been higher. MPs will vote on a series of blatant attempts by the unelected House of Lords to wreck Brexit. Sure, they have dressed it up with all manner of fancy parliamentary jargon, but when it comes down to it, the motives of those behind this are obvious and indeed self-declared. – Andrew Bridgen MP for the Mail on Sunday

Janet Daley: These are dark days for Brexit, but the EU is in much greater trouble than we are

Nothing is ever final in politics. Not even within nation states, let alone on a global scale. Let’s try to hold on to that fact during these dark days. When anybody speaks of the likelihood of our being incarcerated in a “permanent” trap by the incompetence, or cowardice, or deliberate connivance of our Brexit negotiators, we must recite this again in our heads. Nothing in history is ever final. There is no way to put an irrevocable limit on future possibilities. Politics is just the human condition in organised form. No arrangements which are agreed or institutions which are established by any group of leaders or power-mongers are irreversible: treaties are broken, empires collapse and seemingly immutable principles are overturned. Subsequent generations take it upon themselves, as a virtual rite of passage, to reverse the assumptions of those that have gone before. – Janet Daley for the Telegraph (£)

Macer Hall: Stand by for the next showdown

Tory Brexit rebels have been boasting about their chances of inflicting some damaging defeats on the Government during the debates on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Kenneth Clarke, Anna Soubry and Dominic Grieve, all backers of retaining close ties with Brussels after the UK formally leaves the EU, are understood to expect at least a dozen other colleagues to join them in the division lobby to keep the peers’ tinkering in place. Fifteen Tory rebels are expected to be enough to deny Mrs May a Commons majority. “The Remoaners are going round telling everyone they have got the vote in the bag,” one worried Brexit-supporting MP told me. “They are convinced they are going to win.” – Macer Hall for the Express

Oliver Wiseman: No Brexit illusions

The kind of Brexit Britain voted for may be impossible according to the existing rulebook. But that’s the whole point. It was a vote against that rulebook. Why, for example, does free trade need to come with free movement of people? The answer is obvious to Michel Barnier. It isn’t to most of Britain. That is why this was always going to be difficult. We can’t be sure of much to do with Brexit at the moment. One thing we do know is that there is no off-the-shelf option for a sustainable, practical deal between Britain and the EU. In other words, business as usual will not work. Unfortunately, Brussels shows little sign of realising that. And the British government could hardly be doing a worse job at making it clear. – Oliver Wiseman for CapX

Brexit in brief

  • Angela Merkel’s lethal instincts leave May’s Brexit plan in shreds – Dominic Lawson for the Sunday Times (£)
  • The EU Withdrawal Bill. Let’s get on with it. – Paul Goodman for ConservativeHome
  • Boris Johnson’s leaked ‘Brexit in meltdown’ comments praised by Leave-backing Tories – Sun on Sunday
  • ‘It’s a denial of the result!’ Edwina Currie destroys calls for second Brexit referendum – Express
  • Theresa May says she’s never watched Love Island as contestant says she doesn’t know what Brexit is – Telegraph
  • Donald Trump accuses EU of ‘robbing’ US as he delivers a new snub to Theresa May – Telegraph
  • Emails reveal Russian links of millionaire Brexit backer Arron Banks – Sunday Times (£)