Portsmouth MP Penny Mordaunt refuses to openly back PM's Chequers Brexit plan

PENNY Mordaunt has publicly refused to back Theresa May's Chequers plan for Brexit amid growing concern over Britain's exit deal with the EU.

Tuesday, 9th October 2018, 8:38 pm
Updated Thursday, 11th October 2018, 10:26 am
Penny Mordaunt, Portsmouth North MP. Photo: PA

The international development secretary, who campaigned for Leave in the referendum, said she would not give a '˜running commentary' on the prime minister's plan, saying simply that the ball was '˜firmly' in the EU's court on what happened next.

The Portsmouth North MP said the PM still had her '˜support' and that she was '˜not in any way expecting that situation to change'.

But she suggested that the prime minster may have to amend her Chequers plan to get a final deal, saying that '˜we don't know where this is going to end up.'

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'The prime minister can count on my support. But what I would say is that we don't know where this is going to end up. We are at a critical moment now. The ball is firmly back in the EU's court; we are waiting for them to respond,' she said.

Her stance came as former Brexit secretary David Davis yesterday warned of '˜dire' consequences for Conservatives at the next general election if the government didn't change its negotiation tactics with the European Union.

In a letter to fellow Tory MPs, he said a deal based on Mrs May's Chequers plan would deliver '˜none of the benefits of Brexit' and reduce the UK to being '˜a rule-taker from Brussels'.