EUs Juncker warns Britain we are all Irish on Brexit

Theresa May

Theresa May

Mrs May will bring together her Cabinet at her country residence to thrash out details of a white paper setting out the UK's plans for areas such as trade.

IT MAY look as if they see eye to eye, but Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte urged Theresa May to spell out the UK's Brexit plans more clearly.

Ill-feeling within the Tory party has focused on the role played by Mr Rees-Mogg, leader of the pro-Brexit European Research Group of MPs.

"At Chequers the prime minister must stick to her righteous cause and deliver what she has said she would do", Conservative Brexit campaigner Jacob Rees-Mogg wrote in Britain's best-selling tabloid newspaper, The Sun, on Tuesday.

She did not deny that the government was now pursuing a Norwegian-style model of single market co-operation following reports in The Times that Downing Street was looking at this option.When asked by Jacob Rees-Mogg whether she would confirm that Britain would leave the EU's customs union at the end of the transition period and no longer be tied to setting the same tariff rates on goods as those set by the European Union, Mrs May said that the United Kingdom would be leaving but declined to answer the second part of his question.She also sidestepped a question from the Labour MP Pat McFadden on whether she would be prepared to extend the transition period.

Despite the principle of Cabinet collective responsibility, Johnson, who was the figurehead of the Leave referendum campaign, appeared more sympathetic to the backbencher than the Prime Minister.

"I call on other rational members of the party to stand against this nonsense".

Those issues include the ability to make staff transfers across borders, the access United Kingdom companies and projects will have to European Investment Bank and Horizon 2020 science funding, tax arrangements, rules of origin, tariffs, customs inspections and the border with Ireland.

Cabinet ministers have not been briefed on any alternative to the "new customs partnership", which would see the United Kingdom collect tariffs on behalf of the European Union, or the Brexiteers' favoured "max fac" model involving streamlined arrangements and the use of technology to reduce friction. "We recognise that this is now urgent and that we need to make progress", Hammond told parliament during a regular question and answer session. But as the March 29 date for Brexit nears, the government is running out of options.

A Cabinet source said: "In the speculation "will there be fudge, won't there be fudge" - I suspect there will be".

United Kingdom companies are at "breaking point" over the lack of clarity on Brexit, and are slowing down their investments as they await answers to key questions surrounding Britain's departure from the European Union, one of the country's main business lobby groups said.

"The sooner we get a precise United Kingdom proposal on the Irish border, the better the chance to finalise the Brexit negotiations this year", he said.

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