May secures cabinet backing for 'soft Brexit'

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It would involve a "facilitated customs arrangement" meant to remove the need for a hard border in Ireland, and the creation of a UK-EU free-trade area, in which the UK would abide by a "common rule book" of EU regulations. I look forward to White Paper. He said the proposal could be worse than Britain leaving the bloc with no deal.

"As with eggs: An egg that is very softly boiled isn't boiled at all".

John Longworth, one-time director general of the British Chambers of Commerce and co-chairman of the pro-Brexit group Leave Means Leave, pulled no punches with his message, saying: "Those who campaigned for Leave but have not resigned will see their reputations in tatters".

"That is not something that this country voted for, it is not what the prime minister promised", he told BBC radio.

The entire cabinet was summoned by Mrs May and spent over 12 hours thrashing out the proposals which will act as the basis for what the British government would like UK's future relationship with the European Union to look like.

Ministers, who had their mobile phones confiscated on arrival, did not get them back until 10, Downing Street had put out a statement declaring the cabinet had reached an agreement to which all were honour bound under the rules of collective responsibility.

The Prime Minister will address Tory MPs on Monday and her chief of staff Gavin Barwell has been engaged in efforts to explain the Chequers deal to concerned colleagues alongside Chief Whip Julian Smith.

Arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg hit out at the "defeatism" in the Government's plans, warning that he would vote against them - and suggested other Eurosceptics may do the same.

He said the briefings "will massively calm the nerves of people who have been basing their views on the speculation that has been floating around in the media and social media".

Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris said the package was "realistic" and Brexiteers now had to be "grown up" about it.

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Mr Gove told the BBC her plan was a compromise.

Speaking ahead of the Eastern Partnership summit, Mrs May said: "The summit here today is all about taking stock and about looking ahead to see how we can tackle the shared challenges together, both in security and development".

Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom said: "As a passionate Brexiteer with huge optimism about future as a free trading nation, I agree with the PM that keeping the United Kingdom together is vital". "And one of the things about this compromise is that it unites the cabinet".

The late-night resignation was praised by Brexit campaigners in May's Conservative Party, who felt her plan to press for the closest possible trading ties with the European Union had betrayed their desire for a clean break with the bloc.

"Our proposal will create a UK-EU free trade area which establishes a common rule book for industrial goods and agricultural products".

Britain appears to do this by suggesting it maintain European Union rules on goods but adopt greater flexibility on services and end free movement of people.

There had been talk of resignations over the plan, which could keep Britain tied to the bloc for years after Brexit, even if officials stress parliament would reserve the right to diverge. "Now we must all move at pace to negotiate our proposal with the European Union to deliver the prosperous and secure future all our people deserve".

"We can be more optimistic than we were a week ago", Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told a news conference after meeting his Austrian counterpart in Dublin.

He said he "welcomed proposals from British Government which can input into talks on the future relationship".

"Today in detailed discussions the cabinet has agreed our collective position for the future of our negotiations with the European Union".

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