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Theresa May seeking tailor-made trading deal with Europe

By Andrew Woodcock

Published 01/09/2016

Meeting: Theresa May yesterdaya brighter, more secure future for
Meeting: Theresa May yesterdaya brighter, more secure future for

The Government will seek a new arrangement for its post-Brexit relationship with the EU which is tailor-made for the UK, rather than settling for an "off-the-shelf solution" similar to that in place with countries like Norway or Switzerland.

A Cabinet meeting at Prime Minister Theresa May's country residence, Chequers, heard that the Government is seeking a model that is "unique to the United Kingdom" and that will deliver migration controls and a "positive outcome" on trade.

Mrs May confirmed that she would not open exit negotiations under Article 50 of the EU treaties before the end of this year, and pledged that there would be no second referendum and no attempt to keep Britain in the EU "by the back door".

And there is "no need" for MPs to give their approval in a vote, said a spokesman for Mrs May.

In a reflection of the majority votes in Scotland and Northern Ireland to remain in the EU, the PM's spokesman said Cabinet ministers "discussed at length... the commitment to the devolved nations to make sure that Brexit works for all - but Cabinet members were clear that it is the UK Government's decision to establish its terms and on when to trigger Article 50".

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