May puts block on EU trapping us in trade deal
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.
Holding firm... Theresa May in Downing Street