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Mail Online | 10/10/2018 | James Tapsfield, Political Editor, For Mailonline
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Brexiteers are braced for Theresa May to try to 'bounce' them into fresh concessions to the EU at a crunch Cabinet meeting next week.

The PM is set to gather her team on the eve of a crunch EU summit to get sign-off for a divorce deal with Brussels.

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The package is expected to include a 'backstop' to avoid a hard Irish border that would effectively keep the whole UK in the customs union as a 'temporary' measure until a broader trade agreement is finalised.

But ministers fear Downing Street could attempt to ambush them with more compromises, as happened when Mrs May forced her Chequers trade blueprint through Cabinet over the summer.

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The row comes amid a frantic battle to get negotiations with the EU over the line before the summit next week.

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab insisted the two sides were 'closing in' on a deal, but but there still seems to be deadlock over the Irish border.

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The PM insists she will not accept demands for Northern Ireland to be hived off from the rest of the UK within the EU's customs jurisdiction.

Her alternative 'backstop' plan is designed to fall away in favour of a Chequers-style trade arrangement - that would effectively keep the UK in the single market for goods to keep the borders open.

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However, even if Mrs May can secure an agreement with the EU, it is far from certain that she will be able to get it past Parliament.

Jeremy Corbyn says he would oppose arrangements that do not keep the UK more closely tied to Brussels - although there are claims that dozens of Labour MPs could defy him.

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And the DUP - whose 10 MPs are propping up Mrs May in power - has warned of a 'blood red' line against any extra regulatory or customs checks between mainland...
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