THERESA May has been hit by furious claims she told Tory ministers her Brexit plan cannot be changed because it had already been “cleared” by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
A row has erupted after the Prime Minister is alleged to have flew to Berlin to share her exit plan with Angela Merkel before she revealed it to her Cabinet at her Chequers retreat in Buckinghamshire.
When quizzed over possible alterations to the Brexit blueprint, Mrs May is said to have made an extraordinary excuse saying: “No that’s not possible.
“Because I’ve already cleared the existing text with Mrs Merkel.”
Downing Street sources strongly refuted the claims but in the Spectator, journalist Charles Moore wrote: “At Chequers, I hear, one of her responses to suggested changes in her blueprint was to say, ‘No, that’s not possible, because I’ve already cleared it [the existing text] with Mrs Merkel’.”
Mrs May flew to Berlin last Thursday – the day before crunch talks at Chequers – to hold a meeting with Mrs Merkel.
Number 10 has refused to comment on the claims.
Last night leading Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg said it would be unconstitutional of the Prime Minister to discuss British policy with EU leaders before her own Cabinet.
Speaking on Sky News, he said: “I think they might have been taken to Brussels and to Berlin before they were presented at Chequers which is a serious question.”