Senior British Ministers will discuss what they want their relationship to be with the EU post-Brexit for the first time today.
Theresa May is expected to say she wants to sign trade deals with other countries during the transition period after a final deal is reached.
Up until now Theresa May and her government have only formally discussed divorce terms from the EU, but today senior ministers are discussing the relationship with the EU post-Brexit.
The Prime Minister is likely to say later that she wants to be able to negotiate trade deals with other countries during the transition period after a final Brexit deal but the EU is thought to be against this, and the thought is they can’t stay in the single market and negotiate elsewhere.
There’s a split in the British cabinet over what the way forward should be; some want to see close alignment with the EU trade rules, while others want enough wiggle room to negotiate elsewhere.
Backbench rebel Tory MPs who defeated the government in a vote last week are calling on Theresa May to form cross-party alliances to ensure a soft Brexit.
It’s a tricky situation for the British Prime Minister ahead of Brexit talks formally moving on to the next stage.
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