Ex-Brexit Minister Slams May as British Army 'Plans for Troops on Streets'

Dominic Raab, who resigned Thursday, suggested that May failed to stand up to bullying EU official

Dominic Raab, U.K. exiting the European Union (EU) secretary, departs from a weekly meeting of cabinet ministers at number 10 Downing Street in London, U.K., on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018.
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Britain’s former Brexit secretary has slammed Prime Minister Theresa May for lacking political will and resolve when dealing with the European Union over Brexit negotiations.

Dominic Raab, who resigned Thursday, suggested that May failed to stand up to bullying EU officials. He told the Sunday Times: “If we cannot close this deal on reasonable terms, we need to be very honest with the country that we will not be bribed and blackmailed or bullied and we will walk away.”

Raab added that “there is one thing that is missing and that is political will and resolve.”

May is facing political chaos and open rebellion within her ranks, with Conservative opponents plotting to oust her after Britain struck a divorce agreement with the EU this week.

Raab's comments come as speculation swirls around the future of the so-called Brexit and the possibility of the U.K. leaving the European Union without a pre-planned deal.

The Sunday Times reported that army planners have begun to draw up emergency contingency plans to deploy troops to maintain order in that eventuality.

The Times report, citing a well-placed army source, claims that “20 officers who normally oversee Operation Temperer, the plan to provide soldiers to help police following acts of terrorism,” are now focused on “how the military could help the police keep public order and on how medicines would be delivered to hospitals.”