May puts block on EU trap­ping us in trade deal

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Mr Baker said: “That won’t wash. The Bri­tish peo­ple voted to take back con­trol over money, laws, bor­ders and trade.”

A num­ber of min­is­ters voiced con­cern at a 90-minute meet­ing with the PM in Down­ing Street on Thurs­day that any such back­stop could leave the UK in an open-ended cus­toms union, pre­vent­ing it from seek­ing trade deals else­where in the world.

They in­cluded For­eign Sec­re­tary Jeremy Hunt, En­vi­ron­ment Sec­re­tary Michael Gove and In­ter­na­tional Trade Sec­re­tary Liam Fox.

Ear­lier, Work and Pen­sions Sec­re­tary Es­ther McVey, who was not at the meet­ing, point­edly re­fused to en­dorse the Prime Min­is­ter’s Che­quers blueprint for Brexit.

In­ter­na­tional Devel­op­ment Sec­re­tary Penny Mor­daunt and Leader of the Com­mons An­drea Lead­som, who like Ms McVey, both backed Leave, were also said to har­bour deep con­cerns.

And the Demo­cratic Union­ist Party, which props up Mrs May’s mi­nor­ity Govern­ment, warned her to re­sist any ini­tia­tives from Brus­sels that might threaten the union. Other­sise there will be be con­se­quences, threat­ened DUP Brexit spokesman Sammy Wil­son.

Pic­ture: ADRIAN DEN­NIS/AFP

Hold­ing firm... Theresa May in Down­ing Street

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