Today’s big news is the sell-out of Brexit by the Prime Minister. Breitbart calls it ‘total capitulation’.

Prime Minister Theresa May has unveiled the ‘Brexit’ deal her Cabinet has agreed to put to the European Union, which appears to be even softer than the ‘Norway Option’.
The bizarre proposals would see Britain effectively remain inside the EU’s Single Market for industrial goods and — unlike European Economic Area (EEA) countries like Norway — agricultural products, by signing up to a free trade area regulated by a so-called “common rulebook” dictated by the European Court of Justice.
However, Britain would be outside the  Single Market for services, such as it is — a somewhat counterintuitive proposal, considering the country runs a substantial trade surplus with the rest of the EU for services, but a large 
deficit for goods.
Britain would also agree to remain subject to EU state aid rules and keep its employment, environment, consumer protection, and social regulations at least as stringent as the EU’s, to bind itself to legal agreements guaranteeing “strong reciprocal commitments related to open and fair trade” in order to maintain a “fair trading environment”.

The Telegraph claims we’ll simply not leave.

Theresa May has announced that her Cabinet has signed up to  a Brexit deal that would keep Britain tied to EU rules and regulations indefinitely.
The Prime Minister said Britain would establish a “free trade area for goods” with the EU, allowing for frictionless trade and avoiding the need for a hard border in Northern Ireland.
A new customs arrangement will treat the UK and EU “as if [they are] a combined customs territory” and Britain will adopt a “common rulebook” with the EU on industrial goods and agricultural products.
The deal appeared to be a significant victory for Remainers in the Cabinet, as it keeps Britain closely aligned with the Customs Union and Single Market. 

The pro-EU Independent calls it a ‘breakthrough’.

Theresa May has made a breakthrough after securing the cabinet’s agreement on proposals for the UK’s future relations with the EU.
She announced from her Chequers country residence that her team of ministers has now reached a “collective position” to take in negotiations with Brussels.
Ms May indicated the UK would seek something very similar to a single market for goods and the “facilitated customs arrangement”, or FCA, which Downing Street unveiled earlier in the week.
But while the prime minister appears to have sidestepped the prospect of destabilising resignations from her cabinet, the EU’s negotiators have already indicated they will reject anything that seeks to pick and choose which parts of the single market to take part in.

Order-order calls it a sell-out.

The Cabinet has backed the softest form of Brexit, with the UK becoming a rule-taker on goods and agri-foods and facing severe consequences if we ever attempt to diverge on anything. They have also backed Number 10’s rebadged customs plan.
Despite vows from David Davis and other Cabinet Brexiters to fight Theresa May’s Brexit proposal, it appears tonight that they have conceded on every point and that Downing Street has succeeded in forcing through an ultra-soft Brexit as the agreed government policy.
Sun reports that Michael Gove, Sajid Javid and Gavin Williamson all sold out and backed the PM.

The Guardian outlines the proposed ‘free trade’ area with the EU.

Theresa May has secured approval to negotiate a soft Brexit deal with the European Union, signing up her fractious cabinet at a Chequers away day to what had been a controversial plan to match EU standards on food and goods.
The prime minister released a statement following the critical afternoon session of the long-awaited summit, in which she confirmed she had won over the cabinet to new customs arrangements ending political deadlock on the issue.
May said the cabinet had “agreed our collective position for the future of our negotiations with the EU”. That included a proposal to “create a UK-EU free trade area which establishes a common rule book for industrial goods and agricultural products” after Brexit.

Sky News also reports on the deal.

A new UK-EU free trade area for goods will be created under Brexit plans agreed by Theresa May and her ministers at Chequers.
However, after a day of crunch talks, the cabinet agreed to step up preparations for a “no-deal” Brexit.
The trade proposals mean the UK will have the same rules for all goods as it currently does as a member of the bloc.
However, the government wants the UK to be free to diverge from EU rules over services, one of the biggest drivers of the UK economy.
During a day of discussions at the prime minister’s Buckinghamshire retreat, ministers accepted the new trade plan would reduce the levels of access available to European markets.

ITV News says the deal was ‘thrashed out’ at Chequers.

A new UK-European Union free trade area for goods will be created under Brexit plans thrashed out by ministers at Chequers.
The proposals, agreed after Theresa May summoned senior ministers to decide on plans for the future relationship with Brussels, will see the UK agree to remain in line with the EU on rules for all goods.
But under the Government’s plans the UK would be free to diverge from EU rules over services, a major part of the British economy, with ministers acknowledging this will reduce the levels of access available to European markets.

The Sun claims Brexiteers were ‘crushed’.

THERESA May has claimed a crushing victory over Brexiteer ministers as she forced her Cabinet to back her vision of a soft Brexit during a crunch summit at her Chequers country retreat.
After a marathon all day summit, the Prime Minister hailed a “collective agreement” for a controversial 12 point plan that will tie Britain to Brussels rules for goods and mirror EU judges diktats.
A proposed new “UK-EU Free Trade Area” will see a “combined customs territory” set up in a bid to solve the Northern Irish border headache.
Under these plans Britain will be forced to collect tariffs on goods on behalf of Brussels – despite firm objections to this from David Davis and Boris Johnson.

Westmonster quotes our former leader.

The Chequers statement from the government on Brexit has gone down like a cold cup of sick amongst true Brexiteers.
It is a severely weak, highly unambitious proposal that seeks to maintain much of the status quo and the UK bowing down to Brussels. As Guido says: “Extremely depressing – this does not look anything like the Brexit 17.4 million people voted for.”
Nigel Farage has launched a furious response, saying: “Brexit did not mean keeping the 90% of our economy that does not export to the EU trapped by their laws.
“This is a sell-out to the global corporates, as it was during Maastricht.

The Express says there is already a backlash in the offing.

THERESA May’s Soft Brexit plans have been backed by her Cabinet, but she is already facing major backlash from MPs across the political spectrum, with some blasting the way the Brexit talks have been led as “farcical”.
The ministerial summit at Chequers ended in a victory for Prime Minister Theresa May, as she was able to reunite her ministers and stop a revolt that seemed to be strong enough to threaten her position just days ago.
But her plans aren’t going down well among MPs, as many are criticising them and the time it took to prepare the new proposal.
Brexiteer Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns said: “Common rule book: so British businesses will continue to be a rule taker from the EU.

And Sky News also quotes both sides of the argument.

Brexiteers and Remainers have branded the cabinet’s new Brexit plan a “sell out” and a “stitch-up”, while businesses welcomed the “unified approach”.
After a day of thrashing out a trade and customs proposal to take to the EU, Theresa May’s cabinet agreed a 12-point plan which includes a new UK-EU free trade area for goods.
As the details were revealed on Friday night – 16 months after Article 50 was triggered to leave the EU – several MPs spoke of their disapproval, but businesses appeared to welcome the proposal.
Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said: “It is farcical that it has taken two years for the Cabinet to even attempt to agree a position on the basics of our future relationship with the EU.

BBC News reports that Brexiteers could be angry with the deal.

The cabinet has reached a “collective” agreement on the basis of the UK’s future relationship with the EU after Brexit, Theresa May has said.
Ministers have signed up to a plan to create a free trade area for industrial and agricultural goods with the bloc, based on a “common rule book”.
They also supported what could amount to a “combined customs territory”.
The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg said the plan, agreed after a 12-hour meeting, would “anger many Tory Brexiteers”.
Our political editor said the prime minister had “picked a side” by opting for a closer relationship with the EU than many colleagues desired – and she now had to sell it to her party and the other European leaders.


It seems the Scottish government is demanding a say on the deal, says the Express.

NICOLA Sturgeon’s minister has called for the Government to give voters a say on the final outcome of the talks between Britain and the European Union.
The demand comes from Mike Russell, the Constitutional Relations Secretary in Nicola Sturgeon’s cabinet, who said that people “require” such a ballot.
The Scottish minister is the first SNP politician to openly back a second vote on Brexit.
While other members of the Scottish government are said to be “sympathetic” to the idea, they have never openly called for it, fearing it could set a precedent if Scots were to hold another vote for the independence of the nation.


There is still a problem with the Irish border, says the Independent.

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator has urged Theresa May to reconsider her rejection of the bloc’s plan to solve the Irish border, which she has previously said “no UK prime minister” could agree to.
In a speech in Brussels while the UK cabinet tried to hammer out its own policy at a Chequers away day, Michel Barnier warned the UK that “we do not have much time” to find a solution.
He urged both sides to “de-dramatise” the EU’s backstop plan and argued that it did not really entail a new border within the UK as sometimes claimed, but simply “technical checks” on goods crossing the sea.
“We are not asking for any new borders between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. The whole or part of the backstop can be replaced by the agreement on the future relationship,” he said.


But we could, ironically, be saved by the EU’s negotiators, reports the Independent.

Theresa May’s new plan for future relations with the EU will be “dead on arrival”, senior figures in Brussels have told The Independent.
EU officials said any hint that the UK wants to be part of the  single market on goods, but not services will be rejected.
It is a blow for the prime minister who has spent the last week in meetings with EU leaders, including Angela Merkel, in a bid to prevent Europe dismissing her plans out of hand when they are published next week.
Ms May is expected to push her cabinet to agree to a plan at Chequers on Friday, which would see Britain remaining in full regulatory alignment with the EU on goods, but not on services.
The meeting has also been preceded by threats and warnings from the Brexiteer wing of the Conservatives that the proposals mooted by the prime minister will not be accepted by them in the UK because they keep Britain too closely tied to the EU’s rules and regulations.

The Times also reports the ‘cool’ response to the plans.

European leaders, diplomats and officials have reacted coolly in private to briefings on Theresa May’s new Brexit plan despite publicly holding open the door for a Chequers compromise.
After Mrs May has reportedly reached agreement within her party, focus will now turn to Europe where negotiations will prove equally if not more difficult.
Michel Barnier, the European Union’s lead negotiator, said yesterday that he was ready for a shift in Brexit talks if the prime minister had successfully softened her “red lines” on the single market and customs union.
“We are ready, I am ready to adapt our offer should the UK’s red lines change. Time is short,” he said.
“We need to quickly have realistic and workable solutions.

The EU’s chief negotiator claims the deal is unlikely to succeed, says BBC News.

Michel Barnier has stressed there can be “no unravelling” of the single market, as UK ministers try to agree on a future UK-EU relationship.
The EU’s chief negotiator said “realistic and workable” UK proposals are needed, as the cabinet meets at Chequers, for what happens post-Brexit.
Theresa May is expected to propose keeping the UK aligned with the EU on trading rules for goods, not services.
If the cabinet agree, proposals will then go to the EU.
But Mr Barnier warned in a speech: “The single market is our main economic public good. There will be no damaging it, no unravelling what we have achieved together with the UK.”
He also repeated warnings that time is running out to reach a deal.

The Express claims Barnier is trying to move negotiations forward.

MICHEL BARNIER has offered Theresa May the opportunity to alter her latest Brexit plan as she gathers her divided Cabinet in Chequers to hammer out the final details of the UK’s next offer to Brussels.
The European Commission’s chief Brexit negotiator left the door open for an EU compromise but only if the Prime Minister is willing to soften her own red lines, as he reaffirmed the European Council’s recent divorce conclusion.
Mrs May is trying to convince her Cabinet to adopt a so-called “third way” as she puts together a white paper outlining an offer for the UK’s post-Brexit relation with the EU.

The Sun claim Barnier has refused to knock the latest plans.

MICHEL Barnier has opened the EU’s door to Chequers compromises by repeatedly refusing to criticise Theresa May’s latest Brexit plans.
The bloc’s chief negotiator pointedly would not be drawn on the PM’s proposals to keep the UK in the single market for goods but not services.
During a conciliatory speech at the Irish embassy in Brussels, the Frenchman also called on both sides to “de-dramatise” the border issue.
And he hinted that the EU is waiting to kickstart the negotiations on renewed terms if Mrs May softens her red lines.
Mr Barnier did not mention cherry-picking once during a noticeably softer address after Member States warned him not to simply kill off the UK’s proposals.

The Express claims preparations for ‘no deal’ are progressing.

THERESA MAY’s Government has agreed to step up preparations to leave the European Union without a deal in the event Brussels rejects the Cabinet’s blueprint on Brexit following a 12-hour meeting at Chequers on Friday.
The Prime Minister said she has finally reached a “collective” agreement on the basis of the future relationship between the UK and the EU.
Ministers have signed up to a plan to create a free trade area for industrial and agricultural goods with the bloc, based on a “common rule book”.
However, amid concern from ministers including Brexit Secretary David Davis that the European Commission will reject the plans, the Government agreed to “continue preparations for a range of potential outcomes, including the possibility of ‘no deal”.

Second referendum

The Labour Party is still on course to support a second referendum, says the Independent.

Labour could still support a second Brexit referendum, Sir Keir Starmer has said.
The shadow Brexit secretary said his party was not “ruling out” a public vote on the final deal Theresa May negotiates with Brussels.
He also admitted that the UK leaving the EU means “things will get worse” in the short-term.
Jeremy Corbyn has previously dismissed calls for a “People’s Vote” on the Brexit agreement but, speaking at a private meeting of the Labour Business Group, Sir Keir said it remained a possibility if Parliament rejects the deal.
Asked what would happen if the final deal is voted down, Sir Keir said: “It is Parliament that should decide what happens next, it should have the power to decide the options, and this might involve a general election or a ‘People’s Vote’.”

Air travel

Away from the Brexit negotiations, the Times reports potential further restrictions on air travellers.

Airline passengers could face restrictions on carrying powder in hand luggage as part of a new security crackdown, The Times has learnt.
The government is considering imposing new rules on items such as baby powder, cosmetics, coffee, spices and protein mixes on all flights to and from the UK.
The move would bring Britain into line with the United States, Australia and New Zealand, which imposed restrictions on powder in hand luggage at the end of last month. The measures have been introduced in response to a foiled plot to blow up an Etihad aircraft flying from Sydney to Abu Dhabi last year.


And following the poisoning of two more people near Salisbury, the Sun claims the town will be locked down.

SALISBURY is facing weeks on lockdown after the latest Novichok poisonings.
The city is being scoured for traces of the nerve agent which has left Dawn Sturgess and boyfriend Charlie Rowley fighting for their lives.
Police are desperate to find a canister or syringe dumped by a two-man hit squad who poisoned Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia in March.
Dawn, 44, and Charlie, 45, may have picked it up while scavenging in the city.
But a source warned: “It could be weeks before the source of the contamination is found.
“It also means that areas are likely to remain sealed off for a long time before being re-opened to the public.”
Mum-of-three Dawn, an alcohol abuser, and drug addict Charlie are both said to be in comas in hospital after they fell ill on Saturday.
Police are trying to piece together their movements.

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