A new way forward on Brexit has united both Leave MPs like Jacob Rees-Mogg and Remainers like Nicky Morgan.
The ‘Malthouse Compromise’, named after Tory MP Kit Malthouse, calls for:
- Extending the implementation period to December 2021.
- Allowing UK to negotiate future relationship with the EU.
- Plan A of a revised Withdrawal Agreement, including a new backstop protocol.
- Plan B providing a ‘triple safety’ around a No Deal Brexit.
The ‘safety net’ would include offering Plan A including security cooperation, an implementation period and a WTO-compliant “standstill” on trade that would mean no tariffs or barriers if a free trade deal isn’t reached.
As the group explain: “This would allow both parties to properly prepare for WTO terms, but also provide a period in which the parties could obviate this outcome by negotiating a mutually beneficial future relationship.”
Importantly, the group of MPs believe this plan could get through Parliament. Brexiteer Steve Baker tweeted: ‘The Malthouse Compromise” after Kit Malthouse, who brought us together.
“We need to get out of the EU on time and with a functioning government. This is how.”
“The Malthouse Compromise” after @kitmalthouse, who brought us together
We need to get out of the EU on time and with a functioning government.
— Steve Baker MP (@SteveBakerHW) January 28, 2019
Could Conservative MPs finally come together and get this through?