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Brexit: What are Theresa May's Options?

Brexit: What are Theresa May's Options?

Theresa May's new "backstop" plan to keep Britain aligned with the EU customs union after Brexit would must not last more than "a month or two", a leading Tory Eurosceptic has said.

May has divided most of her cabinet into two groups to try to improve the two proposals and come to a conclusion over which is best placed to prevent a return to a hard border with European Union member Ireland and ensure trade moves as freely as possible.

Britain will tell Brussels it is prepared to stay tied to the customs union beyond 2021 as ministers remain deadlocked over a future deal with the EU, the Telegraph has learned.

Theresa May's office denies the United Kingdom will stay in the European customs union beyond 2021.

Mr Fysh said it is not "beyond the wit of man" to come up with a solution to the Irish border issue that would result in Britain not remaining in the EU's customs union.

She explained that the border had 270 crossings, some of them unmarked roads and rural lanes and she feared that they would be attacked.

The EU is also keen to stress that Britain will only be able to remain in the single market beyond transition - as Varadkar suggested - if it adheres to its four freedoms, including the free movement of people.

After that will come a transitional period lasting until 31 December 2020.

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Following the meetings, the Prime Minister confirmed that the UK's alternative "backstop" proposal would be produced "in due course".

Reacting to the white paper announcement, Labour Brexit spokesman Paul Blomfield said: "It is deeply disturbing that, after yet another meeting, the Cabinet still can not agree on the most fundamental Brexit issues".

But officials have warned it could take as long as five years to implement a new customs plan.

In that sense, officials close to the negotiations suggest that Britain would, in any case, need to seek an extension to membership of the Customs Union, or quickly create a new arrangement that can swiftly mirror what now exists.

Nick Hillman, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, said that personalised deals with European Union countries could be one option for post-Brexit higher education relations, but raised concerns about the amount of bureaucracy that this would introduce.

Turkey Option: Leaving the single market and customs unions, while starting a new customs union with the EU.

Partly. But according to the Taoiseach, based on what Ms May had proposed, a significant uphill battle remains. They are reinforced by HMRC signalling that neither of the options on the Cabinet table, a customs partnership or "max fac" could be ready by the end of 2020.

Bradley was questioned about arrangements for the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland after Brexit and told the committee there will be no new cameras on the border.