UK min­is­ters present May with ‘Plan B’ for Brexit

Khaleej Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

lon­don — Bri­tish cabi­net min­is­ters have drawn up a ‘plan B’ for a no-deal Brexit in case par­lia­ment votes down Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s pro­posed plan to leave the Euro­pean Union, The Sun re­ported on Fri­day.

The un­named pro-Brexit min­is­ters have briefed May on their al­ter­na­tive plan, the news­pa­per re­ported, with­out cit­ing sources.

The min­is­ters have pro­posed that Bri­tain con­tinue to pay EU mem­ber­ship fees up to 2021 and fol­low the bloc’s rules to avoid a cliff edge exit when it leaves in March 2019, the Sun said.

The coun­try would then be able to ne­go­ti­ate with Brus­sels as a ‘third coun­try’ for two years, mak­ing it eas­ier to agree on a new free trade deal and avoid hav­ing to pay the full £38 bil­lion di­vorce bill.

As ne­go­ti­a­tions with Brus­sels en­ter their fi­nal fraught stage, May’s ap­proach is un­der fire from all sides of the divisive Brexit de­bate.

Many politi­cians are un­happy with her com­pro­mise plans to main­tain the free trade of goods with the EU. —

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