September 24, 2018 / 11:35 AM / 7 months ago

May will change her mind on Brexit, says Rees-Mogg

Leading Conservative Party Brexiter Jacob Rees-Mogg attend the presentation of their trade plan for a post-Brexit Britain, in London, September 24, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will eventually decide to abandon her strategy for maintaining close trade ties with the European Union because it lacks support, a leading eurosceptic lawmaker in her Conservative Party said on Monday.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, chairman of the European Research Group of anti-EU lawmakers in May’s ruling Conservative party, said the so-called Chequers plan is opposed by European politicians and large parts of the British public.

“The prime minister is a lady of singular wisdom and therefore is likely to recognise the reality that Chequers does not have much support either in this country or abroad,” Rees-Mogg said.

Last week, EU leaders rejected May’s proposal to seek a free trade area for goods with the EU and some rebels in May’s party have threatened to vote down a deal if she clinches one.

Reporting By Andrew MacAskill and Paul Sandle; editing by Michael Holden

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