British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit blueprint came under heavy attack on Monday, with pro-Brexit figurehead Boris Johnson calling it a surrender that hands “victory” to EU.
Johnson, who resigned as foreign secretary in July over May’s proposed future relationship between London and Brussels, launched a fierce broadside at the PM to kick off parliament’s return to business after its summer break.
Meanwhile 20 MPs in May’s centre-right Conservative Party publically pledged to reject her so-called Chequers plan, which would keep Britain close to the EU on trade.
The unrest comes as parliament returns on Tuesday, with just weeks to go before the mid-October deadline set by London and Brussels to strike a withdrawal agreement.
May’s sea of troubles swelled after the EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier strongly opposed her blueprint, saying it could lead to the downfall of European integration.
Britain is due to leave the EU at the end of March.