Brex­i­teers re­ject May's half­way house plan to keep Bri­tain par­tially in EU sin­gle mar­ket

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Theresa May's at­tempt to keep Bri­tain par­tially in the EU's sin­gle mar­ket has been re­jected by Leavers in her Cab­i­net and de­scribed as a 'plot to frus­trate Brexit'. The plan, which was cooked up by the PM's top EU ad­vi­sor, was sup­posed to work as a com­pro­mise be­tween the Leavers and the former Re­main­ers lead by Chan­cel­lor Philip Ham­mond.

How­ever, the Leavers re­jected the com­pro­mise, claim­ing that it would still leave Bri­tain at the mercy of new EU rules.

The pro­posal was drafted by Theresa May's top EU ad­vi­sor Oliver Rob­bins and sub­mit­ted to the Brexit Com­mit­tee in Thurs­day's crunch meet­ing.

It sug­gested that Bri­tain would con­tinue op­er­at­ing close to EU rules on hard goods and prod­ucts such as cars and ma­chines, ac­cord­ing to The Sun.

The plan would keep Bri­tain well away from EU rules on the ser­vices sec­tor but would also help to pro­tect jobs and keep trade flow­ing freely - how­ever, it failed to sway the com­mit­tee.

A se­nior Tory MP briefed on the Cab­i­net com­mit­tee's dis­cus­sion told The Sun: “Fox, Gove and Boris have made it clear they will not ac­cept sin­gle mar­ket rules, be­cause it means be­ing dic­tated to by Brus­sels for­ever.

“It feels very much like a Trea­sury plot to frus­trate Brexit”.


- The Cameroo­nian army on Fri­day de­nied its troops were re­spon­si­ble for al­leged atroc­i­ties against sep­a­ratists in Eng­lish-speak­ing re­gions af­ter un­ver­i­fied footage ap­par­ently in­volv­ing sol­diers was posted on­line. "Th­ese ac­cu­sa­tions of atroc­i­ties are dreamt up. We are vic­tims of dis­in­for­ma­tion and fake news," army spokesper­son Colonel Di­dier Bad­jeck told AFP, just days af­ter the ap­pear­ance of the lat­est of a string of grisly video clips. None of the clips could be in­de­pen­dently ver­i­fied by AFP, with Bad­jeck in­sist­ing the army had "a cul­ture of re­spect for hu­man rights" and ac­cus­ing the sep­a­ratists of be­ing "skilled at dis­in­for­ma­tion".

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