Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

British officials devise third option for post-Brexit…

British officials devise third option for post-Brexit…

Tory infighting over Europe has intensified after leading Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg told Theresa May she must deliver what she promised or risk the collapse of her Government.

"The prime minister said, as soon as she took office, that "Brexit means Brexit" and in the last election, in her personal contract with the British people, she declared that we would leave the single market and the customs union".

As EU negotiators await the long-delayed proposal from London, the BBC reported that British officials have come up with a third model, though no details were immediately available and May's office declined to comment on the report.

In an article for the Observer, Sir Graham - chairman of the 1922 committee of backbench Conservatives - said: "The danger of disunity at the top of the party is not just that it makes the Prime Minister's job more hard in negotiations with Brussels, and therefore puts at risk the good Brexit deal that is in reach, it also gives an impression of division to the country".

A cargo lorry arrives at the Port of Dover in Britain January 9, 2016.

"One former Tory leader, Sir Robert Peel, chose to break his manifesto pledge and passed legislation with the majority of his party voting the other way".

"At least he did so for a policy that works".

Mr Rees-Mogg said Mrs May had declared the United Kingdom would leave the single market and the customs union and "must stick to her righteous cause and deliver what she has said she would".

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Mr Rees-Mogg's intervention, made through an article in the Daily Telegraph, prompted a fierce backlash from Conservative Remainers.

"The ideological right are a minority despite their noise, and should pipe down", he said.

North Dorset MP Simon Hoare said "the hectoring nonsense" and "blackmail" had to stop.

"As I enter my third year as Prime Minister I am clear about my mission".

She wrote: "Over the next week, the cabinet has the chance to signal that they do want to listen to business in delivering a Brexit deal with the European Union, and that they don't want to unduly damage our economy in conducting the necessary negotiations". Cabinet ministers say they are completely in the dark about what the new blueprint will entail - even though Eurocrats are claiming to have seen a draft.

Business Secretary Greg Clark and Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom both refused to rule out an extension to transition arrangements in the face of demands from Tory backbenchers for the timetable to be maintained.

"It seems to me that any reasonable person would have to be guided by the facts and the evidence", Clark told Sky News.

May last month created two Cabinet sub-committees to discuss two options for future trade - a customs partnership in which Britain would apply European Union tariffs to goods that are shipped through the country on their way to the continent, and the use of technology to avoid the need for border checks as goods pass between the European Union and Britain.

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