Dominic Raab to kick-start talks with EU officials as public Tory infighting re-erupts

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DOMINIC Raab will kick start negotiations with Brussels tomorrow in a Brexit pincer movement – as a fresh bout of public Tory infighting erupted.

The exit boss will stare down Michel Barnier just hours before Ministers unveil a wave of No Deal scenario plans to show the EU and public they are prepared for talks to collapse.

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Dominic Raab and Michel Barnier will face-off over Brexit as ministers unveil their plans for No Deal[/caption]

Mr Raab will travel to Brussels after a three week summer truce with just eight weeks left to hammer out an EU deal before the crucial autumn deadline.

Then on Thursday Whitehall will begin publishing a slew of contingency plans on how they plan to keep the economy afloat next March if Britain crashes out of the bloc without a new trade deal in place.

Mr Raab will use a speech at the headquarters of the HMRC on the same day to try sooth business fears of a No Deal, with Ministers preparing to mirror Brussels customs rules and regulations on foods and medicines to avoid border chaos.

But fresh Tory civil war erupted as a senior Remain backing MP took public aim at the PM, joining with Brexiteers to urge her to ditch Brexit plans signed off by the Cabinet at Chequers last month.

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Dominic Raab is kick-starting talks with Brussels after a three-week break from negotiations over the summer[/caption]

Mrs May’s former policy adviser George Freeman warned her against “Faragite nationalism” and said Mrs May’s Brexit “resembles nothing more than a depressing, endless divorce argument between lawyers. Where’s the Brexit vision? Where’s the plan?”

Mr Freeman added: “The chances of getting our own bespoke deal are now very slim. We needed to have started two years ago, with a strong vision and a united Cabinet. That chance was blown.” Instead he urged the PM to accept an “off the shelve deal” from the EU.

Meanwhile a fashion boss’s million quid donation to stop Brexit was branded a “remoaner stitch up”.

Superdry founder Julian Dunkerton gave the cash to the People’s Vote campaign who are hell bent on a second vote to try thwart our EU exit.

George Freeman, Theresa May’s ex-policy adviser, has warned the PM against ‘Faragite nationalism’

But Nigel Farage branded it a paid attempt to “destroy democracy.”

Pointing to a Sun poll that showed millions the country still backs Brexit, the Leave stalwart urged the entrepreneur to “stop trying to trip the country over when we are on course.”

Downing Street publicly scotched calls for another Brexit vote, after Remain campaigners celebrated the mega donation to help undo the historic 2016 referendum.


TRUCKERS have pleaded with Theresa May to spell out how Brexit will hit them next year.

Road Haulage Association boss Richard Burnett said firms are unable to plan for the future because of slow progress with exit talks.

He said: “There haven’t been any discussions on access rights for British hauliers into the EU.”