Ministers who resign over Brexit plans 'must get taxis home' - but local cab firm is closed

Ministers who resign over Brexit plans 'must get taxis home' - but local cab firm is closed

Ministers' cars arriving at Chequers. Image: Getty

Friday, July 6, 2018

Any ministers who resign at today’s Brexit meeting at Chequers will have to get their own taxi home, according to a cabinet source.

The unidentified source, whose message was tweeted by Sam Coates, the Times’ deputy political editor, said: “Taxi cards for Aston’s taxi the local cab firm are in the foyer for those who decide they can’t face making the right decision for the country, but it will still be a long walk as it is a mile-long driveway”.

talkRADIO attempted to contact Paul Harrison, a special advisor to the Prime Minister, to verify the claims, but he did not answer the phone.

Any ministers who do decide to resign may face a slight problem, though, if the claims are true - Aston’s Taxis is listed online as being permanently closed.

There are several other taxi companies located near to Chequers.

Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns, who supports a hard Brexit, told Julia Hartley-Brewer that MPs did not have any "further knowledge" on Theresa May's Brexit plans, and that resignations could be "a possibility".

Jenkyns quit as a parliamentary private secretary in May to focus on campaigning for Brexit.

Hard Brexiteers to push for leaving single market

The cabinet had all arrived at Chequers by 10am, and had to hand over their phones.

Read more: Theresa May faces Brexit showdown at Chequers

The meeting is expected to last around 12 hours, and Theresa May will lay out the latest plans for the UK’s relationship with the EU post-Brexit.

The new proposal, known as the facilitated customs arrangement, would allow the UK to set its own tariffs on products coming into the UK.

Read more: How could Brexit affect industries in the UK?

Technology would be used in the form of tracking devices to determine the destination of the goods, and where they would end up, which would decide whether UK or EU tariffs should be paid.

This could mean the UK remains in the single market to some degree, and hard-Brexiteers plan to press her to leave the customs union and single market completely.

'Unworkable' Brexit plans

Earlier this week, Brexit secretary David Davis wrote to the Prime Minister to tell her he thought her plans were ‘unworkable’.

Former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg also tweeted criticism of the plans this morning.

Downing Street has denied that a planned trade deal with the US would be made difficult by remaining under the jurisdiction of some EU trading rules.

A proposal leaked to the Times suggested that May would try and appease Brexiteers by committing to end free movement, but plans for a new immigration structure were not detailed.

On the eve of the Chequers meeting, Brexiteer ministers held their own private talks in Westminster.

Boris Johnson, Mr Davis, Michael Gove, Liam Fox, Esther McVey, Penny Mordaunt and Andrea Leadsom were involved in the talks.

A Cabinet source confirmed there was a "private meeting".