Conservative Backbenchers Remind Theresa May of Vulnerability on Brexit

On Friday, 62 members of the European Research Group, a group of anti-EU MPs, sent a letter to the Prime Minister calling for the United Kingdom to leave the single market and laying out a series of "suggestions" for the terms on which Britain should exit the European Union.

The group, led by Jacob Rees-Mogg, sent the letter on February 16 signed by 62 MPs.

The letter supports the vision for Brexit that Mrs May set out in her Lancaster House speech in January 2017, including leaving the customs union and the single market.

Andrew Bridgen, who was one of the MPs who signed the letter, told Good Morning Britain the piece was not an attempt to hold May hostage.

It offers suggestions on how an "internationally-engaged, free-trading, global Britain" might be achieved.

The Tories are also clear that Britain "must be free to start its own trade negotiations immediately", an ambition May says she shares.

'The UK should negotiate as an equal partner. "Ministers may not want or be able to accept the EU's timing and mandates as fixed, and should be able to set out alternative terms including, for example, building an agreement based on our World Trade Organisation membership instead", it says in the letter.

David Davis
EU guidelines on future British relations due in March, with or without London's input

"Any "implementation period" should be based on WTO principles".

Critics have accused the Prime Minister of being "too weak" to confront the hard Brexiteers in her own party.

It also states that the transitional phase-or implementation period-that's now being negotiated must meet their own criteria and be based on World Trade Organization principles.

Shadow Brexit Minister Paul Blomfield said: 'It is clearer than ever that Theresa May can not deliver the Brexit deal Britain needs.

May has faced criticism from colleagues who say she lacks vision, while Brexit supporters fear she'll sell them short and tie Britain too closely to European Union rules.

"It is clear from this list of demands that the Tories don't want either a transition deal or a future relationship with the EU".

"Your government must have the ability to change British laws and rules once we leave, rather than being a "rule-taker", the letter, whose signatories include former party leader Iain Duncan Smith and ex-development secretary Priti Patel, said.

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