Theresa May headed for Cabinet showdown over Brexit


London, May 13: British Prime Minister Theresa May today made a plea for unity as she faces a major showdown with her Cabinet over the nature of a post-Brexit customs arrangement with the European Union (EU).
She seems to be headed for deadlock as prominent Brexiteers within her team have rubbished her proposal of a so-called “customs partnership”, under which the UK would collect tariffs on behalf the EU after it has left the union.
A second proposal centres around a more technology-driven system of minimum customs checks dubbed “maximum facilitation” which is favoured by some members of the Cabinet over the other.
But there appears to be no consensus in sight for the British prime minister to progress on the issue.
You can trust me to deliver. The path I am setting out is the path to deliver the Brexit people voted for. I will not let you down, she writes in ‘The Sunday Times’.
Of course, the details are incredibly complex and, as in any negotiation, there will have to be compromises. But if we stick to the task we will seize this once in a generation opportunity to build a stronger, fairer Britain that is respected around the world and confident and united at home, she adds.
Her intervention came after tensions in the Cabinet emerged into the public domain last week as UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson, a staunch Brexiteer, launched an attack on May’s preferred option for a post-Brexit EU customs partnership. (PTI)