"Appointment of Raab highlights May's desperation after so many Cabinet resignations. She chastened Raab in Parliament for calling feminists ‘obnoxious bigots," Hazell said, recalling an argument the two politicians had in 2011.
The EPP party leader also questioned Raab’s ability "to secure the EU’s trust," but justified Davis for leaving office.
"We believe Davis. May's Project Brexit does not look it is working so well. Why stay on a sinking ship if you are not the captain?" Hazell noted.
May's plan envisions the EU-UK free trade zone for industrial and agricultural goods, as well as a common customs territory. The UK government previously was inclined to establish a full-fledged customs union regime with the bloc without any exceptions and with the application of World Trade Organization tariffs. The pullout talks are to be concluded by October, while the exit is slated for March 2019, followed by a transit period until the end of 2020.