May raises the stakes with NO DEAL plan: UK ready to LEAVE – PM shows EU she’s not playing

10 Oct

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who said the UK must refuse to accept new EU or European Court of Justice (ECJ) rulings during transition when he set out his Brexit red lines, backed Mrs May. 

He said: “Great statement by the PM. Yes, we will have a transition period but as she rightly says the chances of new EU regulations in that period are very small.” 

However, in the Commons last night, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn complained: “Sixteen months on from the referendum [to quit the EU], no real progress has been made. The Prime Minister delivered yet another definitive speech, designed to herald a breakthrough, which instead only confirmed the confusion at the heart of government.” 

Meanwhile, Tory backbencher Jacob-Rees Mogg challenged Mrs May to confirm “unequivocally” the ECJ’s writ “will no longer run in any way in this country” after the expected date of Brexit on March 29 2019. 

She said the need to ensure a smooth and orderly withdrawal, with the minimum of disruption “may mean that we will start off with the ECJ still governing the rules we’re part of for that period”.

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