SIXTY Brexiteer Tory MPs have sent a letter to Theresa May reminding her of her commitments to Brexit at a Lancaster House speech last year.
The European Research Group headed by Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg said they had expectations for Brexit that included “full regulatory autonomy”.
Some of the key demands are:
- To Have full regulatory autonomy, with the ability to change laws and rules after exiting the EU, when it should not longer be a “rule-taker”.
- To Only accept an implementation period if the final deal is fully negotiated and ensure that phase is governed by World Trade Organisation principles.
- To Ensure that new trade deals with third countries can be negotiated immediately after the UK’s departure from the European bloc.
The letter also says: “We share your view that free trade lowers prices, creates jobs and economic growth and that leaving the European Union will create opportunities for freer trade with many more countries around the world.”
“We also agree with you that we can only grasp those opportunities if we can negotiate trade deals with as many other countries as possible, which we will be legally barred from doing if we remain inside the EU customs union and single market.”
Nicky Morgan hit back at the requests and said: “This isn’t a letter, it is a ransom note. The ERG clearly think they have the prime minister as their hostage.”
A Downing Street source said: “We welcome contributions from across the party.”