Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

United Kingdom business group warns patience running out on Brexit

United Kingdom business group warns patience running out on Brexit

Chancellor Philip Hammond, viewed as one of the Cabinet ministers favouring a soft Brexit, told the Commons: "We have to listen to what business is telling us and make sure that we deliver a Brexit which delivers the needs of business".

The upcoming summit was discussed at the regular weekly meeting of Cabinet at Downing Street on Tuesday, but Mrs May did not use the opportunity to set out the "third way" option for future customs arrangements which she is reportedly planning to present on Friday.

A Cabinet source said: "In the speculation "will there be fudge, won't there be fudge" - I suspect there will be".

On Friday, May will gather her warring ministers at her Chequers country retreat, aiming to thrash out their differences on how close economically Britain should remain to the European Union, ahead of the release of a formal policy proposal next week.

Cabinet ministers have not been briefed on any alternative to the "new customs partnership", which would see the United Kingdom collect tariffs on behalf of the European Union, or the Brexiteers' favoured "max fac" model involving streamlined arrangements and the use of technology to reduce friction.

The Guardian confirms that the government's long-awaited White Paper on a future trading relationship with the European Union "is expected to propose the United Kingdom remaining indefinitely in a single market for goods after Brexit, to avoid the need for checks at the Irish border".

Writing in The Daily Telegraph, he said that any minister who chose that moment to quit would show they were not fit to hold high office in the first place.

He said: "Flouncing out, just when the going gets tough but when the EU Withdrawal Act has been successfully enacted, will look like evading responsibility for choices that were inevitable just when important progress has been made".

The Foreign Secretary said MPs should be "able to air their views" after Jacob Rees-Mogg was criticised for saying the Prime Minister must deliver the Brexit she promised or risk collapsing her Government.

Last week, they again offered more flexibility if May would rethink her so-called red lines, including a commitment to leave the bloc's customs union, a pledge some EU officials say complicates any potential solution to the border question.

"We have given time, expertise and real-world experience to support hard-pressed Civil Service negotiators". Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said in May that the customs cost of Brexit would be £20 billion, more than 1% of gross domestic product (GDP), and warned time was running out to deliver the system by Brexit at the end of March 2019.

"A vote of no confidence in the leadership called on this issue would in all probability rally the sensible middle to the Prime Minister".

"The solicitor general has confirmed that to exit with no deal and trade under WTO rules would necessitate such a border".

"With less than nine months go to until Brexit day, we are little closer to the answers businesses need than we were the day after the referendum".

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