Theresa May's Brexit dilemma continues

GETTYMrs May will propose a Norway-style option with her cabinet this week

Mr Rees-Mogg's intervention sparked a backlash from his own colleagues.

"The prime minister must stick to her righteous cause and deliver what she has said she would", Rees-Mogg wrote and referred to the demise of 19th-century Conservative leader Robert Peel, who found himself out of power when he broke a key manifesto pledge and split his party.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove last week physically ripped up proposals for possible post-Brexit customs arrangements apparently "livid" that his concerns had been donwplayed, reports said Saturday.

"This left the Conservatives out of office for 28 years".

There is speculation the PM could be about to lay out plans for such a "soft Brexit".

He insisted he was "confident" May would deliver the Brexit she had promised, but warned the PM that backsliding could result in splitting the party like Sir Robert Peel, who plunged it into the political wilderness for almost three decades following bitter divisions over trade reforms.

May will gather her fractious Conservative Cabinet on Friday to try to hammer out a plan for customs and trade ties.

So far, May's advisers have come up with two options, neither of which have the full support of her party.

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However, the signs that the government is starting from scratch - almost one year after customs plans were first published and just four days before the Chequers showdown - "are certain to add to criticism of Brexit chaos" says The Independent.

The Times reports that Rees-Mogg's allies interviewed PR firms earlier this year, with sources saying the objective was to create a vehicle that could serve as a leadership campaign in the event of a contest for the Tory crown.

IT MAY look as if they see eye to eye, but Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte urged Theresa May to spell out the UK's Brexit plans more clearly.

While Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan says he should "pipe down".

"Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn told the Unite union conference the Tories saw Brexit as a chance for a "new bonfire of workers" rights".

Their "max fac" alternative would, rather than scrapping customs checks, use technology to minimise the need for them.

Addressing MPs in the Commons on Monday afternoon, May again stressed the United Kingdom would leave the single market and customs union.

Juncker's comments reflected the EU's refusal to advance on trade talks until a breakthrough was found on the stalled question of how to avoid border checks between British Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland after Brexit.

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