United Kingdom media: Most senior Brexit official quits government

Lester Mason
July 14, 2018

The model has infuriated many Brexit supporters and led to the resignations of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit Secretary David Davis.

"It may resolve the dilemma the prime minister faces".

"It would not have been a plausible thing to do and I wouldn't have done a good job at it".

It is a set of proposals the government hopes will be the foundation of the UK's future relationship with the EU.

The Chequers policy, which secured Cabinet agreement last week before sparking senior resignations, includes being tied to the European single market for goods under a "common rule book" and close customs arrangements as part of a new UK-EU free trade area.

But prominent Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg described it as a "breakdown in trust" and said Mrs May must now U-turn or be forced to rely on Labour votes to get her legislation through Parliament.

In fact, much of Britain's division over Brexit - which has split the governing Conservative party and the public at large - stems from the June 2016 referendum on withdrawing from the European Union not including language about would come next.

May insisted earlier Thursday that her plan was exactly what Britons had voted for in the 2016 referendum.


"My constituents will see that as being fundamental and emblematic if we can not control our borders". "That is exactly what we will do".

Davis' replacement, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, said the plans called for an "innovative and unprecedented economic partnership" between Britain and the EU.

Britain is now part of the EU's single market - which allows for the frictionless flow of goods and services among the 28 member states - and its tariff-free customs union for goods. The plans laid out in a 98-page government paper give Britain's most detailed answer yet to the question of what will replace it.

The Head of Consumer Research for the parcel export experts ParcelHero, David Jinks MILT, says: 'While staying in the Customs Union would have been the best result for exporters apprehensive about new tariffs and red tape sending a parcel between the United Kingdom and EU; Theresa May's compromise deal at Chequers at least proposed a free trade area for industrial goods and a very promising sounding "combined customs territory".

Free trade would not apply to services, which account for 80 percent of the British economy.

British trade minister Liam Fox said on Wednesday he did not believe that Britain's new Brexit strategy would inhibit its ability to agree trade deals with countries around the world, after two cabinet colleagues resigned over the policy. But Britain said European Union nationals should be able to travel visa-free to Britain for tourism or "temporary business", and there should be measures allowing young people and students to work and study in Britain.

Illustrating the divided nature of May's Conservative Party, rival pro-European lawmakers may also use the debate as a chance to further their push for even closer European Union ties.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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