United Kingdom cabinet agrees on 'soft' Brexit

Mrs May managed to secure agreement with her Cabinet, including its Brexiteers, after a marathon session of talks at Chequers yesterday.

The common rulebook for goods, including food and agricultural products, could limit the UK's ability to strike trade deals with countries such as the United States, for whom securing market access for American farmers would be a big prize for Trump-admiring Brexiteers.

Full details will be published in a white paper on Thursday, with Brussels expecting a round of negotiations in the week commencing July 16.

Commentators said alignment on goods could reduce the UK's flexibility to strike trade deals with other countries, particularly the USA which would want an agreement allowing its farm products, produced to different standards, into the British market.

The 18-page document expresses concern the United Kingdom would have to follow EU laws and European Court of Justice rulings and would not be able to develop an "effective worldwide trade policy".

"Next week we will be publishing a white paper which will set out more details of how we will be taking back control of our money, laws and borders".

It says the plan would smooth trade in agricultural, food and fisheries products, and protect integrated supply chains and just-in-time processes that are vital to, for example, the automotive industry.

Locked in the country home with their phones taken away, all of the PM's cabinet ministers were tasked with approving a plan which could see the United Kingdom sign up to European Union rules on agriculture and food, potentially making it much harder to strike a post-Brexit trade deal with the US.

Mrs May told ITV News that she is restoring collective responsibility and cabinet ministers need to "come together in unity", whether they like the new deal or not.

Al Jazeera's Neave Barker, reporting from Westminster, said it was still up to European leaders on whether they would accept the demands.

Airbus chief executive Tom Enders slammed Britain's divided government, saying "Her Majesty's government still has no clue, or at least no consensus, on how to execute Brexit without severe harm".

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A source close to the Foreign Secretary said he would not step down as this would play into the hands of European Union commission president Jean Claude Juncker, German chancellor Angela Merkel and European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier.

As well as potentially hard talks ahead with Brussels, Mrs May also faces the task of winning over Eurosceptic backbenchers.

He said that "it is possible that this deal is worse" than a "no deal" Brexit. A very soft Brexit means that we haven't left, we are simply a rule-taker.

The government has agreed an official position on what it will seek from the next stage of Brexit talks with the European Union, after the Prime Minister managed to win over her warring Cabinet today.

Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the Commons, said she "hated" the plans but told Mrs May she would support her.

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.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Mr Bridgen said the "time has come for a new [Conservative] leader" which he believes should be Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg.

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".

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.

Mr Johnson used colourful language as he made the argument Mrs May's plan would leave the United Kingdom as a "vassal state".

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