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