MPs’ holiday plans mirror Brexit beliefs
Many Remainers are heading for Europe while Leavers are looking across the Atlantic for relaxation.
As Theresa May completes the latest round of Brexit negotiations ahead of her summer holidays in Europe, her Conservative colleagues were also packing their bags for a getaway.
A Brexit trend emerged, with Remainers seeming content to stay in Europe whereas Brexiteers headed towards the US or stayed within the UK.
ERG chairman Jacob Rees-Mogg will be going to the US, as will fellow Brexiteer and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, after a trip to Japan.
Environment Secretary and Vote Leave leader Michael Gove will be spending some of his summer holidays in Scotland.
Meanwhile, Remainer Anna Soubry will be holidaying in Europe next month, her office confirmed.
Ever the one to buck the trend, former Brexit secretary David Davis, who quit the Cabinet over Mrs May’s Chequers deal, will be holidaying in Europe.
“I always stay with my in-laws in Hungary,” he said.
Mr Davis’ holiday destination neighbours the Prime Minister’s current location of Austria, where she has held Brexit negotiations ahead of her holiday in nearby Italy.
Mrs May will attend a music festival in Salzburg as a guest of the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.
As well as enjoying the musical performances on offer, which include Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Mrs May will hold rounds of talks with Mr Kurz and Czech prime minister Andrej Babis.
It is part of several meetings across Europe which the PM and her ministers are carrying out to win over support for the Chequers Brexit blueprint, although the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, has rejected the customs proposals that form a key plank of the plan.
After a turbulent political year that has seen Mrs May lose a wave of ministers for personal misdemeanours and political opposition to her EU exit strategy, the PM will be hoping for a restful time as she heads off for the summer.
The premier and her husband Philip will spend around a week in Italy before she returns to work in her constituency and Downing Street.
Mrs May is also due to attend a First World War memorial event to mark the battle of Amiens, which began on August 8 1918 and helped to secure victory.
She will then jet off for two weeks in Switzerland.
The holiday plans are a repeat of last year’s getaway for the couple.
Although the PM remains in charge, a number of Cabinet ministers are expected to deputise for her while she is away.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is not expected to reveal his holiday plans.