The Prime Minister called a meeting of her entire Cabinet at Chequers, to finalise the Government’s Brexit trade policy and customs arrangement with the EU prior to publishing the official White Paper. The meeting was held on 6 July 2018.
It appeared to be an attempt to force her cabinet to back her vision for Brexit with apparent threats to sack ministers if they were to speak out against her plans.
This follows an earlier meeting of the Brexit War Cabinet which rejected her plans. Officially, this is the Brexit strategy and negotiation sub-committee which is chaired by Theresa May and meets to decide the detail of Brexit policies before presenting it to the full 23-member Cabinet for discussion and approval. Members of the Brexit War Cabinet are split with 5 from the Remain camp and 5 from the Leave camp.
In the full cabinet of 23 members, ministers in favour of Brexit are heavily outnumbered by 16 to 7
A number of statements were issued following the marathon 12 hour meeting, with no dissent eminating from ministers favouring Brexit, and appears to indicate a joint agreement was reached by the entire cabinet.
Prime Minister Theresa May said:
Today in detailed discussions the Cabinet has agreed our collective position for the future of our negotiations with the EU.
Our proposal will create a UK – EU free trade area which establishes a common rule book for industrial goods and agricultural products. This maintains high standards in these areas, but we will also ensure that no new changes in the future take place without the approval of our Parliament.
As a result, we avoid friction in terms of trade, which protects jobs and livelihoods, as well as meeting our commitments in Northern Ireland.
We have also agreed a new business-friendly customs model with freedom to strike new trade deals around the world.
Next week we will be publishing a white paper which will set out more details of how we will be taking back control of our money, laws and borders.
Now we must all move at pace to negotiate our proposal with the EU to deliver the prosperous and secure future all our people deserve.
The initial document published is the statement from the Government
and a summary was published
“Here are 12 key principles that we will use in our EU negotiations as we continue along the road to Brexit.” – PM @Theresa_May”
However, it remains to be seen whther this is the end of the story …