MPs Furious Over Reports Theresa May Asked Angela Merkel To Approve White Paper
zerohedge.com 12-07-2018 10:25 (local time)
UK Prime Minister has been accused of violating "constitutional norms" during the preparation of the Brexit White Paper...
UK Prime Minister has been accused of violating "constitutional norms" during the preparation of the Brexit White Paper that was released this morning after reports surfaced that May ran the text of the paper by German Chancellor Angela Merkel before sharing it with her own MPs.
According to Express, when asked about possible alterations to the Brexit blueprint, May is said to have responded "no that’s not possible". When asked why, May said "because I've already cleared the existing text with Mrs. Merkel."
Sources inside 10 Downing Street reportedly refuted the claims, but May flew to Berlin last Thursday, the day before her Brexit cabinet approved the controversial Chequers agreement, for a meeting with Merkel.
Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg said it would unconstitutional for May to discuss British policy with EU leaders before her own Cabinet: "I think they might have been taken to Brussels and to Berlin before they were presented at Chequers which is a serious question."
"And there’s another question about how they were drawn up because they were drawn up in secret without telling the Secretary of State for leaving the European Union David Davis what was going on, whilst his department was working on a White Paper."
"I don’t think it has been handled in a proper governmental system and in accordance with our constitutional norms."
Brexit Secretary David Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson have already resigned over their displeasure with the Chequers agreement.
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