The papers today are reporting that while the UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is urging the EU to strike a “strategic” Brexit deal, Rees-Mogg and co. are still plotting for a hard Brexit.
Politico is reporting that Jeremy Hunt will today urge EU counterparts to make “strategic choices” to strike a Brexit deal during a three-day tour in Europe where he’ll meet Dutch, Danish, Latvian, and Finnish foreign ministers.
The Foreign Office released official comments before the three days of meetings begin, explaining how Hunt intends to “safeguard our operational capacity as we leave the EU.” The Foreign Office says they have put forward “precise” and “credible” proposals, and that they intend to take this opportunity to “achieve a deal that works in our mutual interests.”
Nothing new here really, but if Theresa May’s recent trip to France is anything to go by, not much is going to come from this.
Over in Brexiteer territory, at Camp ERG (European Research Group), work has said to have begun on a policy paper that is due to be published next month. The Times reports that the policy paper will outline the advantages of Britain leaving the EU and trading on World Trade Organization rules.
Apparently, the report will be backed by up to 80 Conservative MPs, and will potentially put serious pressure on the PM before their party’s conference in Birmingham.
Jacob Rees-Mogg is the architect behind the paper. He’s working with Steve Baker to create an “alternative view” to the government’s Chequers White Paper.
What could this mean, though?
Well, with talk of Tory MPs plotting to install David Davis as an interim PM, it could be the spark that gets it all going. Senior ERG figures believe that the Chequers deal will be rejected by Brussels anyway, making this alternative view an important step in changing our direction on Brexit.
This could be the start of the Davis revolution.