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THERESA MAY loyalist Sir Michael Fallon echoed the words of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn today by stating that her Brexit deal is the “worst of all worlds” and doomed to fail.
Former defence secretary Mr Fallon, who has been one of the Tory Prime Minister’s staunchest allies, confirmed he will not vote in favour of the agreement when it comes to Parliament.
The Sevenoaks MP told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the deal has “no guarantee of smooth trade in the future and no ability to reduce the tariffs that we need to conclude trade deals with the rest of the world.”
He also urged the government to heed US President Donald Trump’s claim last night that the withdrawal agreement “sounds like a great deal for the EU” and that it would make any US-Britain deal difficult.
Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington, Ms May’s de facto deputy, shrugged off Mr Trump’s comments, telling Today: “I don’t think it was that unexpected.”
He insisted that the wording of the withdrawal agreement does mean that Britain can still negotiate trade deals during the transition period, to be signed once the country fully leaves the EU.
Ms May headed for Wales and Northern Ireland to try to promote the deal she brought back from Brussels on Sunday as “good for the union.” She also challenged Mr Corbyn to a TV debate on the issue as she launched an intensive two-week campaign to try to get her Brexit deal through the Commons.
A Labour spokesman said: “Jeremy would relish a head-to-head debate with Theresa May about her botched Brexit deal and the future of our country.”
The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB), which represents precarious workers, many from overseas, backed calls for a “people’s vote” on Brexit today.
It said it wanted to protect employment rights strengthened by EU law such as holiday pay and protection against discrimination.
IWGB president Henry Chango Lopez said: “We need a people’s vote to stop a Brexit that will most likely be a carnival for profiteering companies and a curse for UK workers, not least those at the bottom of the pile.”
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