Theresa May faces deadlock over Brexit customs rules, after senior politicians attack both proposed options
Theresa May faces deadlock over the key controversy of customs rules after Brexit, after senior politicians rubbished both of two options being studied by her warring cabinet. Michael Gove – picked by the prime minister to examine her preferred “customs partnership” model – warned there were “significant question marks over the deliverability of it”.
Meanwhile, the Irish deputy prime minister insisted Dublin would block a Brexit withdrawal agreement if she pursued an alternative technology-based solution, saying: “It won’t work.”
The warnings left Ms May with few apparent options to resolve the impasse, with a deadline set by the EU just six weeks away.
Two working groups of key ministers have been set up to study both the customs partnership – under which the UK would collect tariffs on behalf the EU – and the tech-based “max-fac” proposal.
Mr Gove, the environment secretary, speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme, declined to back Boris Johnson’s description of the partnership model as “crazy”.
But he said: “Boris pointed out that because it’s novel, because no model like this exists, there have to be significant question marks over the deliverability of it on time.”
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