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British PM accuses critics of 'playing politics' in dealing with Brexit

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
In this AFP file photo taken on June 12, 2018, pro-EU demonstrators hold placards and wave flags during an anti-Brexit protest outside the Houses of Parliament in London.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has accused her critics of “playing politics” and undermining the national interest over the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

May made the comments in an interview with the Sunday Times newspaper as her government was under pressure over her "Chequers" Brexit proposals by the likes of her former foreign secretary, Boris Johnson.

The British premier further announced that foreign buyers would see a higher stamp duty rate in an attempt to prevent them from driving up house prices.

 The newspaper also ran an interview with former foreign minister, in which he defended his criticism of May.

"Unlike the prime minister, I campaigned for Brexit," said Johnson. "Unlike the prime minister I fought for this, I believe in it, I think it's the right thing for our country and I think that what is happening now is, alas, not what people were promised in 2016."

The European Union, meanwhile, has said that parts of May’s plan are unacceptable as many Conservative lawmakers are threatening to vote down a deal based on it.

"Of course we want a deal," said Business Secretary Greg Clark, who supports May's plans.

He also commented on a warning by Japanese carmaker Toyota about leaving the bloc without an agreement.

"We need to have a deal. The evidence from not just Toyota and other manufacturers is we need absolutely to be able to continue what has been a highly successful set of supply chains," added Clark.

Britain is set to leave the EU on March 29, 2019, but the terms of the departure still remain unclear


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