Brexit plan that split the Tory party to be unveiled later today

Blanche Robertson
July 12, 2018

Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, who said in his resignation that Britain is headed for the "status of colony", has always favoured a "hard Brexit", whereby the United Kingdom would cut all ties with the EU.

Brexit meant taking back control of our laws and the white paper asserts that jurisdiction of the European courts over the United Kingdom will end with Brexit. Johnson said the plan would make it much more hard to do trade deals.

Speaking at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Prime Minister May insisted that her Chequers deal delivered on the "red lines" that she set out in her Lancaster House speech past year.

The white paper repeatedly states that freedom of movement will come to an end after Brexit, but says further details on the UK's new immigration policy will be produced after the Migration Advisory Committee has released its report in September.

He said: "It's bold, it's ambitious but it's also pragmatic".

But in the Chequers agreement, there are plans for a "combined customs territory" where the United Kingdom would charge European Union tariffs for goods which will end up heading into the EU. So all this talk about sabotage and parliamentary riots, when push comes to shove, people will look and see they have got to do the responsible thing, which is back the government and get the best deal for the whole country.

Mr Bradley said in his resignation letter that the Chequers plan would damage the UK's opportunities to develop global trade and be "an outward-looking nation in control of our own destiny" following Brexit. The UK is proposing a "joint institutional framework" to provide for the consistent interpretation and application of UK-EU arrangements.

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Meanwhile, Brussels may well reject the plan outright because it is trying to cherry-pick special access to the single market with a special carve out on the free flow of goods.

The White Paper will flesh out the bones of Theresa May's proposals agreed with her Cabinet at the recent Chequers meeting - but which prompted the resignations of two senior ministers.

The four amendments to the customs bill were put down a day before Thursday's publication of a white paper policy document giving details of the prime minister's plans.

That phrasing is likely to anger Brexiteers, says Laura Kuenssberg.

The paper confirms that the United Kingdom will not seek "mutual recognition" in the services sector, which makes up the vast majority of the economy.

Some MPs have already expressed concern that by pursuing a looser arrangement with the rest of the European Union on services it means a "hard Brexit" for the majority of the economy while the goods sector stays closely tied to the single market, although technically not inside it.

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