Brexit: May's European Union plan faces backlash from Brexiteers

Jacob Rees-Mogg, leader of the influential European Research Group of pro-Brexit Conservative MPs, warned that a common rulebook could make "trade deals nearly impossible" if it meant regulations would have to apply to any goods coming into the UK.

The agreed proposal - which also says Britain's large services sector will not have the current levels of access to European Union markets - will not come soon enough for Brussels, which has been pressing May to come up with a detailed vision for future ties.

The Taoiseach made it clear that the Government was open to proposals which meet Ireland's aims of avoiding a hard border and maintaining free trade with the United Kingdom, while respecting the EU single market and customs union.

Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer said: 'It is farcical that it has taken two years for the Cabinet to even attempt to agree a position on the basics of our future relationship with the EU. The proposal would allow free movement of goods, but not of services.

But critics - including business leaders and MPs - say the plan would be "unworkable" and could cost the Conservatives the next election.

"This will deliver security and prosperity for our people".

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, who previously suggested the EU would be willing to shift its position if the United Kingdom relaxed some of its "red lines", welcomed the agreement on Twitter. This would allow Britain to set its own import tariffs and seal new free trade deals.

But we also concluded that it was responsible to continue preparations for a range of potential outcomes, including the possibility of "no deal".

But for both sides of the Brexit debate - the hard line eurosceptics and the staunch European Union supporters - the agreed negotiating position was not enough.

However, Tory Brexiteers voiced concern at the agreement with the chairman of the campaign group "Leave Means Leave" accusing May of personally deceiving Brexit campaigners. "May's Brexit means BRINO - "Brexit In Name Only" - a fake Brexit".

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Meanwhile, pro-EU Labour politician Chuka Umunna described it as "yet another behind-closed-doors stitch up that would leave us all worse off".

Davis and the PM's chief Brexit official Olly Robbins will travel to Brussels to start to work their way through the details of the document with Michel Barnier and his team.

He did not comment directly on her new plan, which had not yet been detailed in full, but suggested it may fall short.

May was cautious on whether she will win the support of the EU, saying only that she had "been talking to European leaders over the last week or so".

But she has at least cleared yet another domestic hurdle.

'We have also agreed a new business-friendly customs model with freedom to strike new trade deals around the world.

They may also have been reassured by May reiterating her belief that any agreement with the EU should end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, although British courts would still have to "pay due regard" to its rulings. May hopes it will jumpstart the acrimonious discussions about the terms of Brexit.

The UK would of course continue to play a strong role in shaping the global standards that underpin them, and Parliament would have oversight of the incorporation of these rules into the UK's legal order - with the ability to choose not to do so, recognising that this would have consequences.

Repeatedly pressed on whether the new immigration system would offer preferential access to EU citizens, Mrs May said: "We need to look at that in the context of the wider rules we have for immigration from outside of the European Union and we will decide the rules that are right for the United Kingdom".

Britain would end free movement of people from the European Union, but proposes British and European Union citizens continue to travel and apply for study and work in each other's territories. "But this is good".

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