Vote against May’s Brexit agreement, Raab urges MPs

Former UK Brexit secretary Dominic Raab urged MPs to vote against British Prime Minister Theresa May’s EU Withdrawal Agreement as he criticised “scaremongering” around a no-deal exit.

Mr Raab, who resigned from the post in November, also proposed post-Brexit policies including a rise in the National Insurance earnings threshold, during a speech in London on Monday.

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He said there should be more shareholder control over chief executives’ pay and suggested lowering the income tax threshold.

He also refused to comment on a potential Conservative leadership bid after MPs vote on May’s Brexit deal on Tuesday, which is expected to be rejected.

“The fundamental way we get change in the Withdrawal Agreement, a negotiated change, and the only way, is to vote down the current, I think, bad terms tomorrow. And then the government will have an opportunity to go back to the EU,” he said.

“The idea that the only option is this very poor deal on the table, I’m afraid I think is a bit of scaremongering and whip’s tactics that have been fired up to try and increase their vote.”

In his speech to the Centre for Policy Studies think-tank, Mr Raab said Brexit offered “clear opportunities” for Britain.

But the Conservatives must counter the “seductive Marxist allure” of Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party, and instead champion consumers and business.

He said Labour had “tapped into” the feeling of voters about an “exploitative and unaccountable elite”.

Mr Raab proposed a gradual reduction in the basic income tax rate from 20% to 15%.

He also urged a repair to the “frayed” relationship between shareholders and board members in big business.

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