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UK CANNOT stay in EU ‘through back door’ May warns her Cabinet: We WILL forge new future

THERESA MAY has wasted no time in reminding her senior Cabinet members “Brexit means Brexit”, as they meet for the first time since their summer recess today.

The new PM told her Cabinet this morning: “We must continue to be very clear that Brexit means Brexit, and we are going to make a success of it.”That means no second referendum, no attempts to sort of stay in the EU by the back door.”

Today’s Cabinet meeting took place at the , where working on the UK’s divorce from Brussels will be at the top of the agenda.

David Davis, Boris Johnson and Liam Fox, whose new Cabinet positions will heavily focus on Brexit, were all present at the meeting.

She told her colleagues it was “a very significant moment for the country, as we look ahead to the next steps that we need to take”.

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Theresa May has met her senior Cabinet ministers to discuss Brexit action plans


“So there are challenges ahead but it’s an important and significant moment for us and I think we have real opportunities to develop the United Kingdom and ensure that it does work for everyone in the UK.”

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Theresa May has re-iterated her claim that “Brexit means Brexit” at this morning’s meeting


Mrs May has tasked her colleagues with setting out the opportunities that leaving the European Union (EU) will create in each of their portfolios.The Cabinet are discussing Brexit as it appears increasingly likely that Mrs May will not seek Parliament’s approval before formally triggering Article 50, which will kick off a two-year period of exit negotiations between the UK and the EU.

Downing Street has said MPs will be given “a say” on the process for the UK’s departure from the EU.

However, a spokesman declined several opportunities to say whether Parliament will be given a formal vote on the triggering of Article 50 when pressed by reporters yesterday.

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Mrs May said the country now had a chance to “forge a new positive role for the UK”


It is over two months since the result of the Brexit referendum and ministers are only now being asked to come up with their ideas about how it might work

Stephen Gethins

Number 10 has insisted there is “no legal obligation” for Mrs May to consult Parliament before invoking the Article.The comments leave open the possibility that negotiations could be launched without the approval of MPs being sought and Parliament could debate the issue without a formal vote taking place.

Downing Street has also confirmed that Mrs May will not hold a second referendum or an early general election to give voters the chance to sign off on any deal struck between the UK and the EU.

The Cabinet agreed that it is for the UK Government alone to decide when to invoke Article 50, a spokesman for Mrs May said.He said: “There was a strong emphasis on pushing ahead to Article 50 to lead Britain successfully out of the European Union – with no need for a parliamentary vote.

“Furthermore, several Cabinet members made it clear that we are leaving the EU but not leaving Europe, with a decisive view that the model we are seeking is one unique to the United Kingdom and not an off-the-shelf solution.

“This must mean controls on the numbers of people who come to Britain from Europe but also a positive outcome for those who wish to trade goods and services.”

Mrs May also used the the Cabinet meeting to compare Tory party unity with the turmoil within the Labour Party, despite reports of an ongoing feud between the ministers in charge of the main Brexit departments: Boris Johnson, Liam Fox and David Davis.The UK’s future outside the EU will be a key issue during the Prime Minister’s first full week back at work following her summer holiday in Switzerland as she travels to the G20 summit in China at the weekend.

The summit will represent Mrs May’s first international trip outside Europe as Prime Minister and she is expected to use it to highlight post-Brexit opportunities to other world leaders.

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Aerial view of Chequers, the official country residence of British Prime Ministers since 1921


The Cabinet meeting at Chequers has prompted the SNP to accuse the Government of showing “breathtaking complacency”.The party’s European affairs spokesman Stephen Gethins said: “It is over two months since the result of the Brexit referendum and ministers are only now being asked to come up with their ideas about how it might work at a ‘country house away day’.

“This is breathtaking complacency from a government that got us all into this mess in the first place.”

http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/705592/brexit-european-union-article-50-chequers-theresa-may

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