Trump lands fresh blow on PM after attacking Brexit plan

Brexit white paper Dominic Raab

Brexit white paper Dominic Raab

Supporters of the amendment, however, indicated it may not be moved to a vote on Monday night, partly because Remain-supporting Conservatives do not want to undermine the prime minister when she is vulnerable on her right flank.

The Wycombe MP revealed that DExEU, set up in the wake of the Leave vote in June 2016, had been working on a white paper entirely different to the one the Prime Minister had sprung on ministers at Chequers, and that Brexiteers appeared to have been victims of "a year's worth of cloak and dagger to land us into the Chequers position", with the Cabinet-level department having served as a kind of "Potemkin structure" to give the impression that the Prime Minister was working on a real Brexit, while her European Union unit at the Cabinet Office was undermining them behind the scenes. "Actually, no, we're going into negotiations with them", she said.

He arrived in the United Kingdom after causing a firestorm at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels when he threatened to pull the USA out of the alliance unless other nations stumped up extra cash.

But the environment secretary said he was not sure he possessed the "diplomatic skills" to bring Mr Trump round to his line of thinking.

Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg also called it a "bad deal for Britain".

Mr Rees-Mogg said ERG members would be meeting ahead of the Commons debate and votes on the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill - or Customs Bill as it is more generally referred to - when the level of support for the amendments would become clearer. "I think he's got what it takes".

"In terms of who ultimately holds the pen on the papers that go to Cabinet for collective decision, it has been the Cabinet Office's Europe Unit, and they have clearly been operating to a different ultimate goal to the one what we were operating to".

Steve Baker, a junior Brexit minister who also quit over the Chequers plan, said Mrs May's proposal was the work of an "establishment elite" bent on thwarting the European Union referendum vote.

Mrs May faces accusations the British government's Brexit White Paper was "surreptitiously" drafted in order to replace a version produced by David Davis's Brexit department.

"Britain, in effect, would be entrapped and the more you think through the implications the more the whole thing looks less like a soft Brexit than a national humiliation", he wrote.

"It is time for all of us - at this critical moment in our constitutional development - to believe in ourselves, to believe in the British people and what they can do, and in our democracy", he wrote.

'People around the world believe passionately in Britain. I understand those concerns.

Key New Labour figures have also come forward in criticising the prime minister, with former leader Tony Blair branding the proposals "just mush".

The first minister also described the UK's Brexit plan, published last week, as a "vaguely credible" negotiating position.