TORY Brexiteers and rebels such as Boris Johnson have welcomed the European Unions offer of a ‘Canada+++’ style Brexit arrangement throwing the Prime Minister’s Brexit plans into chaos just a day after she asked for “respect” from the EU.
President Of The European Council Donald Tusk, dropped the bombshell on the May Government by revealing that the EU has always put a ‘Canada +++’ on the table.
Mr Tusk said: “The EU wants a relationship with the UK that is as close and special as possible”
“From the very beginning, the EU offer has been not just a Canada deal, but a Canada+++ deal.
“Much further-reaching on trade, on internal security and on foreign policy cooperation.
“This is a true measure of respect. And this offer remains in place.”
The ‘Canada+++’ is based on Canada’s trade deal with the EU and it means the UK will get a better Brexit deal than Mrs May’s doomed Chequers plan.
The free trade deal would mean Britain departing the EU, still having access to the European market, whilst not being a member, not contributing to the bloated EU budget and would mean Britain wouldn’t have to follow European Court of Justice laws or adopt hated freedom of movement.
Mrs May’s plan would see Britain sign up to EU rules and regulations for goods, not a real Brexit.
Mr Tusk’s offer has left Prime Minister Theresa May reeling and facing awkward questions as well as substantial pressure to ‘bite Tusk’s hand off’ just days after calling on Tory Brexiteers to come together.
We await the Prime Ministers reaction as at the time of writing a cloud of silence has descended on Number 10.
Boris Johnson reacted like most Brexiteers and welcomed the proposal, calling it ‘superb’ and linking it to his proposal.
Jacob Rees-Mogg said: “This is a good solution for everyone and the ERG’s proposals for the Irish border mean it could work for the UK as a whole.”
This is a good solution for everyone and the ERG’s proposals for the Irish border mean it could work for the UK as a whole. https://t.co/Nb2ftyixd8
— Jacob Rees-Mogg (@Jacob_Rees_Mogg) October 4, 2018
Nigel Farage urged Mrs May to “Bite his hand off”
Boris also called for the ‘Irish Backstop’ to be taken off the table to safeguard the Union. Resolution of the status of Northern Ireland remains a key sticking point in Brexit negotiations.
Early indications suggest that the government will reject the Tusk proposal citing Northen Ireland as the reason.
A government source has said that Canada +++ would leave a “border down the Irish Sea” claiming Chequers keeps the UK together. However, all eyes will now be on Number 10 to see how it officially reacts.