We will not roll over for Brussels, says Brexit secretary

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Dominic Raab vows ‘spirit of pragmatism’ in EU talks but notes ‘challenge’ of May’s plan

Dominic Raab has chided Tory Brexiters who are urging the prime minister to dump her Chequers proposals in favour of a Canada-style free-trade deal, insisting that the government will not “roll over” at the first signs of criticism from Brussels.

Raab, the Brexit secretary, told MPs he was surprised that some backbenchers had demanded Theresa May “chuck Chequers” after the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier appeared to reject the plan.

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