A powerful cross-party group of MPs is plotting to thwart Theresa May’s attempts to drive through a hard Brexit amid rising fears that UK businesses could soon have to pay huge export tariffs on goods they sell to the EU. The Labour, Lib Dem, Green and some pro-EU Tory MPs say May has no mandate for the “extreme Brexit” options speech she made last Tuesday – including the adoption of World Trade Organisation (WTO) tariffs if the UK cannot strike a free-trade deal with the EU within two years. They are now co-operating to try to prevent this. News of cross-party talks comes as MPs prepare for a verdict on Tuesday from the supreme court on whether ministers or parliament have the legal authority to trigger Brexit. If the 11 justices say the issue should be voted on in parliament, the MPs say they will seek to amend the legislation to make an extreme Brexit option impossible. In a further sign that pressure is building to soften the Brexit plans, 43 Labour MPs, frustrated by their own party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s refusal to take a harder line against May on the issue, have written directly to the prime minister protesting… Read full this story
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