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PM Theresa May reaches ‘Brexit deal’ with cabinet

PM Theresa May reaches ‘Brexit deal’ with cabinet

But he told the BBC: "I'm a realist", adding: "All of the important areas where an independent country chooses to exercise sovereignty, Britain will be able to do so".

German manufacturers said on Sunday the plan did not go far enough to guarantee the free movement of goods.

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.

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. "This is the right Brexit".

"Just as when we sign trade deals with other parts of the world, we will need to ensure that both sides operate to the rules appropriate there".

Meanwhile, it emerged that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson backed the proposals at Chequers despite claiming that defending the plans was like "polishing a turd".

Some Brexiteers dream of replacing May with a staunch Brexiteer, such as Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who in the past has disagreed publicly with his boss.

The free movement of people was ending, he said, and the UK Parliament would have the final say over rules governing a "huge swathe" of the British economy.

The report says, "We found that if the United Kingdom reverts to WTO most-favored nation import tariffs, the price of a typical weekly grocery shop would go up by £5.50 (totaling £280 [$370] across the year), the price of a family meal for four at a high-street restaurant chain would increase by £9, and a pair of trainers would become £6.75 more expensive".

"And one of the things about politics is that you mustn't, you shouldn't make the ideal the enemy of the good".

The Prime Minister succeeded in securing full agreement from her fractious Cabinet on her proposals for the UK's future arrangement with the European Union after it leaves the bloc.

He said that felt he had to resign as he had no desire to be a "reluctant conscript" in the selling the PM's deal in negotiations with the EU.

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Media captionMP says the Cabinet needs to learn from England and pull together as a team.

Conservative former minister John Redwood asked Mrs May to "clear away the ambiguity or contradictions in the Chequers statement which implies we would give the ECJ powers, we might pay money to trade and we might accept their laws and we might have their migration policy".

"In his resignation letter, Davis said the "'common rule book' policy hands control of large swathes of our economy to the European Union and is certainly not returning control of our laws in any real sense".

However, there is growing disquiet on the Tory backbenches not only with Mrs May but senior Brexiteer cabinet ministers.

Barnier said outstanding issues included data protection, cooperation between police and judicial authorities and how to settle legal disputes that may arise under the withdrawal deal.

The outgoing minister suggested that Mays promise that Britain and its parliament would "take back control" from Brussels was hollow.

She paid tribute to Mr Johnson's "passion" in championing a global Britain after Brexit and Mr Davis' work in steering through key Brexit legislation.

And pro-Remain Tory MP Phillip Lee has suggested the offer was the "worst of all worlds" and restated his call for a second referendum - with the option of staying in the European Union to be on the ballot paper.

As the minister responsible for the Brexit negotiations, Davis is a major voice in the debate in the UK.

Fellow backbencher Andrew Bridgen was far more forthright, saying he would not back the deal even "if the European Union were paying us". "It is going to unravel and she will have to think again".

This is risky for Mrs May, but also for her critics.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove, a leading Brexit supporter, admitted the proposal thrashed out by cabinet ministers during a day-long meeting on Friday was not ideal.


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