The Prime Minister chaired an emergency Brexit meeting dubbed the “war cabinet” at number 10 today.
Senior cabinet members, such as Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, and Home Secretary Amber Rudd, met to discuss their strategy for post-Brexit trade.
The meeting lasted just a little over one and a half hours long, leaving ministers frustrated as no conclusive decisions were made.
Hard line Brexiteers such as Boris Johnson, and Michael Gove remain at odds with the rest of the cabinet, stressing the UK must “diverge” from the European regulations, as moderates within cabinet (Phillip Hammond/Amber Rudd), lean towards a softer Brexit, where the UK remains aligned with the EU.
This comes just days after the EU, again, warned the UK will not be able to select which parts of the EU they want in a “Buffet style” trade deal. Mr Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, told Prospect magazine:
“They have to realise there won’t be any cherry picking. We won’t mix up the various scenarios to create a specific one and accommodate their wishes, mixing, for instance, the advantages of the Norwegian model, member of the single market, with the simple requirements of the Canadian one. No way. They have to face the consequences of their own decision.”
Theresa May also faces increased pressure from her own backbenches, as the ten MP’s dubbed mutineers by The Daily Telegraph, earlier today, urged the PM to reach out to Labour Party moderates, bypassing leader Jeremy Corbyn, to form a cross party coalition with the aim of delivering a softer Brexit.
May updated the house today on what seems to be little progress on Brexit. Further urgent meetings of the so-called war cabinet are scheduled for next week.