Just days after media reported that about 50 members of the ERG had openly discussed how and when they could force Theresa May to stand down as prime minister, May has now warned rebels in her party that the alternative to her potential Brexit deal with the EU is no deal.
During an interview with Panorama, May told the BBC: “I think that the alternative to that will be having no deal.”
The Times newspaper has also reported that the EU is “secretly preparing to accept a frictionless Irish border”. Under this plan, goods could be tracked using barcodes on shipping containers under “trusted-trader” schemes administered by registered companies, the Times added.
Meanwhile, Boris Johnson has criticised May’s strategy to leave the EU in his column today: “If Chequers were adopted it would mean that for the first time since 1066 our leaders were deliberately acquiescing in foreign rule. There is no other country – large or small – that would accept such an arrangement. The whole thing is a constitutional abomination.”