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Mr Timothy, who quit as Mrs May’s joint chief of staff in June 2017 after the Conservatives lost their Parliamentary majority in a snap election, said it was now time bin the backstop, tear up the treaty and ditch the declaration. Mr Timothy said his former boss has left Boris Johnson in a “dreadful position” and had signed the draft withdrawal agreement out of “desperation”.
Writing in The Daily Telegraph, he said: “The European Union has trade agreements with countries as distant as Canada and Korea, as small as Panama and Peru, and as poor as Ecuador and El Salvador.
“Yet for the United Kingdom – on the EU’s doorstep, the world’s fifth-largest economy, and the continent’s most capable military power – Brussels refuses to negotiate a trade deal unless it can control our laws.
“This is the reality of the humiliating Withdrawal Agreement negotiated by Theresa May.”
Mr Timothy said the backstop effectively tied the UK into a customs union that could be applied to the whole of the country to block an independent trade policy or just to Northern Ireland, imposing an internal border between the province and Great Britain.
He said: “Together with its requirement for Northern Ireland to follow EU rules for goods, the backstop would give Europe’s capitals – Dublin included – more say than London or Belfast over swathes of laws in Northern Ireland.
“The backstop is therefore not only anti-democratic, it is a monstrosity that would make us a European colony and quite possibly destroy the Union.”
Mr Timothy has previously condemned Leo Varadkar by claiming the Irish Taoiseach is “the real threat” to peace in Northern Ireland as tensions surrounding Brexit and the backstop continues.
Mr Timothy accused Mr Varadkar of “jeopardising the peace process” and not “understanding the Good Friday Agreement”.
Mr Timothy, who quit as Mrs May’s joint chief of staff in June 2017 after the Conservatives lost their Parliamentary majority in a snap election, said it was now time bin the backstop, tear up the treaty and ditch the declaration.
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