While the British cabinet braces for a critical cabinet meeting on Monday to delineate the kind of Brexit the government wants, the Conservative Party is ever-more divided.
The Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, gave an interview to the Sunday Times expressing his concern that the UK might become an “EU vassal state,” unless London is able to diversify from EU norms. The point of substance is that to “maximise the benefits of Brexit” the UK must diverge from EU norms.
That is the position of the Leave group, which does not share the concern over the implications of normative diversification for Ireland, not to speak of the finance industry. To the contrary, Chancellor Philip Hammond has angered many Brexiteers by saying that the UK will strive to replicate the current Single Market status quo well beyond March 2019, when Britain leaves the EU.
The former Conservative Leader Ian Duncan Smith criticized Hammond for allegedly deviating from government policy. At the same time, a number of the 11 MPs that forced Theresa May to concede giving a substantial vote in parliament over the Brexit deal have received death threats, including Anna Soubry and Ken Clark.