'Trust me to deliver' Brexit, says Theresa May

'Trust me to deliver' Brexit, says Theresa May

Instead, he said, ministers had wasted months on two "fatally flawed" options - a customs partnership under which Britain would collect tariffs on behalf of the European Union, and a streamlined customs arrangement which would depend on technology to reduce any friction at the new border with the bloc.

The Tory MP, who is also chair of the Treasury Select Committee, also criticised the other proposal being put forward, and said: "It seems to me that's what's called the maximum facilitation - which seems to rely on future technology not yet invented - would absolutely basically be a deal in name only because it doesn't talk about an enduring relationship with the European Union, which I think is what the Prime Minister said she wanted to create, and it causes enormous problems on the island of Ireland".

Iain Dale questioned his praise, saying: "You're sounding like a positive Theresa May fan boy at the moment, having been critical of her".

May issued a plea for unity in an opinion piece in the Sunday Times newspaper, calling on Brexiters to "trust me to deliver".

Mr Shapps said those who attended were presented with a number of slides setting out the pros and cons of the two options now being considered by the government. A second plan, preferred by hard-line Brexit-backers, would set up a looser relationship and use technology to minimize disruption and border checks.

Theresa May's post-Brexit customs plan was dealt another blow today as leading Cabinet minister Michael Gove claims it has "flaws".

He also sidestepped Labour questions over whether the United Kingdom will have to remain in the EU customs union and follow single market rules until at least 2023 under his preferred technology-led so-called "maximum facilitation" or "max fac" approach. Brexit-backers prefer the second version, while the European Union is now starting to engage with Mrs May's proposal - a plan it had previously branded unworkable.

The UK was told by the President of the EU Council to find a solution on the Irish border by June.

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May travels to Bulgaria this week for an European Union summit, where she's due to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron for the first time since persuading them to join the U.K.in expelling Russian diplomats following the poisoning of a former spy in England in March.

Labour will hope to complicate her government's talks on customs by trying to force a vote in parliament for the release of the documents May's cabinet are considering to try to boil down two current proposals to a single option.

"The Labour position was not to support that", Miliband said.

But Labour's Brexit spokesman, Keir Starmer, said on the BBC's "Andrew Marr Show" that the type of border infrastructure in place between Norway and Sweden would be unworkable at Ireland-Northern Ireland crossing points and therefore "was not the answer".

A cross-party alliance of anti-Brexit lawmakers is also ratcheting up its efforts, now joined by former Labour Foreign Secretary David Miliband.

Writing in the Times, Prime Minister May requested the "help" of the British people and hinted that concessions would be needed.

"Of course, the details are incredibly complex and, as in any negotiation, there will have to be compromises".

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