Four members of the Government announce their resignation after the Prime Minister obtains support for the text. The president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, summons an emergency summit on November 25.
Source: El País
Cascade of resignations in the Government of the United Kingdom. The minister for Brexit, Dominic Raab, has resigned after the government of Theresa May gave its approval to the agreement of exit of United Kingdom of the EU reached with Brussels. Raab was a convinced Eurosceptic who had defended the abandonment of the community institutions in the referendum of 2016, but when he resumed, after the resignation of David Davis, the negotiations with the European Commission, the prime minister hoped to put the wing on his side it lasts conservatively. The abandonment of Raab is a blow for May and came just a few hours before his appearance before the British Parliament, where he is receiving a tough response from their own ranks and opposition parties. The pound has collapsed seconds after knowing the resignation.
Barnier (left) and Tusk show the document after meeting on Thursday. FRANCOIS LENOIR REUTERS
Along with the resignation of Raab has been his number two, Suella Braverman, a young promise of the Conservative Party that also swelled the ranks of eurosceptics. The first to announce his resignation had been the minister for Northern Ireland, Shailesh Vara. In his case, he is an advocate of permanence in the EU, so his decision reflects the deep discomfort caused in all factions of the Conservative Party by the pact achieved by the prime minister.
One hour after the resignation of the minister for Brexit, the third resignation arrived. Ester McVey, Minister of Labor and Pensions, also threw in the towel and accused May of “not having honored the outcome of the 2016 referendum”. McVey was one of the most critical members of the Executive with the result of negotiations with Brussels and his resignation has been the least surprising, but aggravates the crisis. Although the one that really questions the political future of May and its strategy is that of Raab.
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“[The agreement] leaves the United Kingdom halfway, with no time limit to [establish] when the country will eventually become a sovereign state,” Raab said in his letter to May, who has posted to his Twitter account . Raab has resigned for two reasons, according to his letter of resignation. “I think the regulatory regime for Northern Ireland presents a real threat to the integrity of the United Kingdom,” he wrote. In addition, the one who was a negotiator with the EU since David Davis resigned a few months ago, has shown his disagreement with the customs union agreement embodied in the document validated last night by the British Government that has branded as “hybrid”. He also believes that he has no democratic control. “I have resigned as secretary of the Brexit. I can not, in good conscience, support the terms proposed for our agreement, “he concludes.
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The president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, announced on Thursday in Brussels the call for an extraordinary summit of the European Union (EU) on November 25 to validate the divorce agreement with the United Kingdom, at the end of a week of intense consultations in the block. Meanwhile, in London, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, plans to defend the agreement in the House of Commons amid harsh criticism inside and outside her party, although the document will not be voted in principle until December.
“From the beginning we have not had any doubt that the Brexit is a situation in which everyone loses and that the negotiations only try to control the damage,” said Donald Tusk on Thursday after meeting with the chief negotiator of the EU in the first hour. , Michel Barnier, who has delivered the text of the agreement closed on Wednesday with the British Government, a volume of 585 pages and contains 185 articles, three protocols (on Ireland, Gibraltar and Cyprus) and several annexes on the “orderly” withdrawal of the UK.
Tusk explained that the agreement will then be analyzed by the member states and that by the end of the week the 27 ambassadors will meet to share their evaluation of the text. They will also address the mandate for the European Commission to conclude the joint political declaration on the future relationship with the United Kingdom, a process in which “European ministers will also be involved.
“According to him, the Commission plans to agree on Tuesday that statement about the future of the relationship, so that member states can evaluate it in the next 48 hours, until Thursday, in preparation for the meeting of leaders on Sunday 25. “Let me tell our British friends that, as much as I am sad to see them leave, I will do everything I can to make this goodbye as painless as possible, both for you and for us,” concluded Tusk. Northern Ireland The most controversial point is the protocol on Northern Ireland, which states that while there is no definitive bilateral trade agreement, the United Kingdom will be a customs union but the British province will have a stricter regulatory equivalence with the EU, in order to avoid a border with Ireland.To avoid the application of the security clause, regulated by a Joint Committee, London could request an extension of the transition period, which expires on December 31, 2020. The Brexit Labor spokesman, Keir Starmerm, told ITV on Thursday that the preliminary agreement is “a miserable failure of the negotiation”, a “second class document” and “a chaotic end “that reflects” the divisions among the conservatives. ” Several Tori deputies expressed their displeasure at the pact yesterday and Jacob Rees-Mogg, leader of the pro-Brexit hard camp, called on his colleagues to vote against the agreement when it is processed before the British Parliament next December.