United Kingdom to publish Brexit strategy amid doubts over European Union trade ties

The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar

"The government's Brexit strategy is in complete and utter deadlock", said Labour's Brexit policy chief Keir Starmer in a statement. Her inner Cabinet met again on Tuesday for about 90 minutes.

Prime Minister Theresa May will publish a detailed plan for the U.K.'s post-Brexit relationship with Europe next month, setting a deadline for her warring Cabinet to agree on a common stance.

Mr Davis said the new white paper - extending to more than 100 pages - would set out "what would change and what would feel different" after Brexit and was an opportunity for the Government to show the thought behind its approach to the change to a domestic and European Union audience.

To complicate matters further, Davis has reportedly told May her favored model would be illegal under global law.

The UK attorney general's office is now said to be looking into the legality of both proposals ahead of a final decision by the Cabinet. That amounts to erecting a border between Northern Ireland and mainland Britain, which the United Kingdom considers unacceptable.

“They have to get all 27 member states to agree and that includes Ireland. And Tusk is squarely behind Dublin.”
“They have to get all 27 member states to agree and that includes Ireland. And Tusk is squarely behind Dublin.”

No one believes the prime minister or for that matter the secretary of state are preparing the way for an early referendum on the Union but it is rather surprising that Mrs May has even opened the door on the subject by casting doubt on the outcome. Lidington said the government was seeking legal opinion on both options, after reports suggested both could face legal hurdles. Pro-EU Business Secretary Greg Clark and Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley were teamed with Davis on Max Fac, which the latter supports. The plan is in the ascendancy over a second plan for a close customs partnership with the bloc, Mujtaba Rahman, managing director at Eurasia, said in a note on Tuesday.

In 2016 Britons voted to leave the bloc, officials said. On May's preferred option, hurdles include the impact of Britain having its own independent trade and tariffs policy, and who would have jurisdiction over a dispute resolution mechanism.

The Government plans to publish the document within the next month.

Britain's opposition Labour Party will try to force Prime Minister Theresa May's government on Wednesday to reveal details of its two customs proposals in Brexit talks, capitalising on a row that is dividing her ministers.

The Brexiteers are determined to ensure Mrs May does not backtrack on a customs union or single market and seem to have little concern about the implications for the border in the event of a hard Brexit.

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