Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
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Brexit: Third customs model devised ahead of cabinet talks

Brexit: Third customs model devised ahead of cabinet talks

Mr Rees-Mogg's intervention sparked a backlash from his own colleagues.

"Our departure must be absolute".

Nigel Farage and Jacob Rees-Mogg have repeatedly warned about Brussels treachery in the past.

The onus rests with the DUP to urgently message the prime minister, unless they know differently, and advise her that any watering down on the customs union or back tracking on the border will be met with stern resistance and bring to an end their support for the government with immediate effect. "I'm confident the PM will deliver on that".

Furthermore, the chair of the pro-leave European Research Group (ERG) warned that May could put the Conservatives out of office for years, just like another leader, Robert Peel.

"At least he did so for a policy that worked. At Chequers (Mrs May) must stick to her righteous cause and deliver what she has said she would, she must use her undoubted grace to persevere".

The Times reports that Rees-Mogg's allies interviewed PR firms earlier this year, with sources saying the goal was to create a vehicle that could serve as a leadership campaign in the event of a contest for the Tory crown.

While Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan says he should "pipe down".


Mr Hammond, viewed as one of the Cabinet ministers favouring a soft Brexit, told the Commons: "I think the views of business, which is the great generator of employment and wealth and prosperity in our country, should always be taken very carefully into account".

The Prime Minister was asked in parliament about reports that the government was considering legal re-entry into a form of European unity, such as the EEA. "I am sure that she will deliver a Brexit that is entirely consistent with the promises she has made".

The Times of London reported Monday that a senior civil servant in the department overseeing negotiations with the EU had briefed ministers on the dire situation, telling them they had no chance of a bespoke trade deal in which British companies would have privileged access to the European market.

Brexiteers oppose the PM's favoured option of a customs partnership with the EU, which would see the United Kingdom collect tariffs set by the EU customs union on goods entering the country on behalf of the bloc.

Both previous customs models, the so-called "customs partnership" and "max fac" solution reliant on new technologies to avoid border checks, have been rejected by various sections of the cabinet.

He said a new customs plan to solve the Irish border issue was discussed but the PM "didn't go into any details".

"Now, with the time running out ahead of the UK's exit from the European Union, business patience is reaching breaking point".

In a fresh warning, Mr Rees-Mogg said MPs would not vote for a Brexit deal which failed to meet Mrs May's stated red lines of leaving the single market, customs union and jurisdiction of the European courts.

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