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May marches back with plan to end Brexit stalemate next week

2018-02-03 10:16:01       source:The Times

Feburary 3, 2018

Theresa May’s team will try to break the 19-month cabinet deadlock over Brexit next week by presenting senior ministers with a plan they hope will win the approval of the main Conservative factions as well as Brussels.

Oliver Robbins, the prime minister’s Europe adviser, will seek to convince cabinet members on the 11-person Brexit strategy committee that a blueprint involving a new customs arrangement and areas of regulatory alignment and divergence should be put forward to the EU.

The committee, which comprises seven cabinet members who backed Remain in the referendum and four Brexiteers, will have two days of discussion to thrash out the subject. Britain is expected to provide Brussels with an update on its plan for the “end state” UK-EU relationship on Friday.

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