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Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab says scrap Brexit rather than accept May’s deal

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  • Former Brexit Secretary says it would be better to
    Remain in the EU than accept May’s Brexit deal.
  • Dominic Raab tells the Today Programme that the planned
    EU withdrawal agreement, would leave Britain with no say over
    the customs and trade rules it adheres to.
  • His comments come as May struggles to secure support
    from her party for the deal.
  • A Parliamentary vote on the withdrawal agreement is due
    at the start of December

LONDON — It would be better to scrap Brexit and Remain in the EU
rather than accept Theresa May’s Brexit deal, the former Brexit
Secretary has said.

Dominic Raab, who resigned last week in protest over the terms of
the Brexit withdrawal agreement told the Today programme that
May’s deal would leave Britain tied to EU customs and trade rules
while losing any democratic oversight over them.

“If you just presented me terms, this deal or EU membership,
because we would effectively be bound by the same rules without
control or a voice over them, then yes this would be even worse
than that,” Raab told the Today programme.

Raab joins a growing list of leading Conservative Brexiteers who
have suggested in recent weeks and months that it would be better
to remain in the EU rather than accept May’s deal.

The former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has
said repeatedly
that May’s so-called Chequers plan would be
worse than retaining EU membership, as has former Conservative
leader
Iain Duncan Smith
and former minister
John Redwood.

The comments come as May struggles to secure support for the deal
in parliament. On Thursday May faced a barrage of criticism from
across the House of Commons as she sought to defend the agreement
of the political declaration that will accompany the withdrawal
deal when it is signed up to by EU leaders this weekend.

Around 80 Conservative MPs are currently pledged to vote against
the deal as well as the Democratic Unionist Party which has
propped up May’s minority Conservative government. All other
opposition parties are also opposed to the deal meaning it is
almost certain to be voted down on its first appearance in the
Commons.

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