May 'caves in to Tory Brexiteers': Customs partnership looks dead in the water after Sajid Javid tips the balance against the Prime Minister - just two days after she appointed him Home Secretary

Mail Online | 3/10/2018 | Jason Groves, Political Editor For The Daily Mail
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The controversial EU 'customs partnership' plan looked dead in the water last night following a Eurosceptic backlash.

Ministers clashed over the proposals during a tense three-hour meeting of Theresa May's Brexit war cabinet yesterday.

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New Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson both voiced 'grave concerns' about the proposal, which was described as 'cretinous' by Eurosceptics last week.

Whitehall sources said the plan, which critics claim would keep Britain in a customs union in all but name, would 'not go forward in its current form'.

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But ministers also failed to reach agreement on the alternative plan, known as 'maximum facilitation', which envisages using technology to minimise customs checks, particularly on the Irish border.

The Prime Minister, who had hoped to present a preferred option to the full Cabinet on Tuesday, instead had to order ministers and officials to conduct urgent work on both options.

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They face a race against time to find an acceptable solution ahead of a crunch EU summit next month, when Mrs May hopes to give Brussels firm proposals so that trade talks can begin.

At yesterday's meeting, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Liam Fox and David Davis launched a drive against the customs partnership, in which Britain would collect tariffs to hand over to the EU.

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They warned the plan would damage Britain's ability to strike trade deals and leave the UK subject to EU rules.

But critically, they were backed in their opposition by Mr Williamson and Mr Javid.

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Both had supported Remain and were seen as swing voters ahead of the meeting, but by joining forces with Brexiteers they effectively killed off the plan.

No vote was held, but sources said the 11-strong committee was divided by six to five against the partnership. One source said: 'The customs partnership has been killed off. It doesn't have the support of the Brexit war cabinet and...
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