Sir Michael Gove quits cabinet, bringing leadership contest

Written by By Priscilla Collins, CNN

Ukip Chairman Paul Oakden said a “deal-breaker” is that the UK government would not seek a transitional deal.

Speaking outside Downing Street, Johnson said the draft deal was a “power grab” by the EU.

“Given that it is undemocratic and imprudent to do without our UK red passport and undemocratic and reckless to start the process of destroying our National Health Service, we shall be taking the big risk … now, by voting against the deal and putting into place, if we fail to achieve a change of direction from this Government, the outcome … by exiting without a deal is not one we can manage,” he said.

By quitting government, Johnson will potentially become a figurehead for the independent Conservative party opposition faction, although Downing Street swiftly shot down the idea of a direct challenge to Prime Minister Theresa May’s position.

The Labour Party did not respond to requests for comment.

The referendum vote back in 2016 divided the UK and led to a period of political turmoil that led to the formation of the Conservative and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) – the two main parties currently governing the country, alongside the Liberal Democrats.

3,000 jobs on the line

Owen Paterson, Conservative MP for North Shropshire, is one of the six who have resigned from government, meaning that the government must now consider who is best placed to become a third replacement MP in just a matter of days.

The Brexit secretary Dominic Raab said: “While today’s vote will weaken our hand in Brexit negotiations, we are strong because we are united.”

The proposal that Johnson was reacting to would potentially see the UK set up a new system for entering and leaving the European Union, enabling businesses to apply for new or temporary permits to a designated point in mainland Europe.

With both sides claiming they want the best outcome for the country, experts have advised that whoever wins the battle for who is in the driving seat in this situation will determine the meaning of Brexit for years to come.

The members of the Leave campaign have launched an alternative Brexit policy, with those backing the original but unfulfilled vision now having more influence in the policy.

Under the draft deal, the UK would be signing an exit memorandum for Brexit next month. The maximum possible time for a transition period would be around 21 months to end on March 29, 2021.

Among the proposals is the possibility of a tariff-free digital single market, which would allow the cross-border transport of digital products in a frictionless way.

Britain would also maintain the current rights and conditions of EU nationals living in the UK, and new EU citizens would have the same rights as EU nationals living in the UK, under the proposed agreement.

The bloc would have taken on the UK’s share of national debt, and for financial services the UK would remain “exempt from payments for EU markets infrastructure.”

Senior EU officials have said that the bloc expects the British parliament to vote down the draft deal, and could then begin the process of invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

A summit of EU leaders to consider future Brexit scenarios could then be held in December, and on January 29 2019 a formal withdrawal agreement could be finalised.

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