British Prime Minister Theresa May will set out a blueprint on Thursday for what her government calls "a principled and practical Brexit", putting at its core a plan for a free trade area for goods that has angered many in her party.
The British leader may have stilled the waters over a possible leadership contest, but some Conservative Brexit supporters are still incensed over what they see as her decision to break her promise for a clean break with the EU.
He claims crucial decisions have been postponed, including preparations for a "no-deal" scenario, "with the result that we appear to be heading for a semi-Brexit, with large parts of the economy still locked in the European Union system, but with no United Kingdom control over that system". These firms would, of course, favour a "soft Brexit" as that will ensure continued access to the single market comprising the remaining 27 European Union states, and some have put expansion plans on hold until there is greater clarity on Britain's exit by March 2019.
He said: 'With most people asleep, a small number of us worked on the prime minister's Florence speech late into the night trying to get the critical and complicated section on the future regulatory relationship right. The cold realities of business opportunities, and not historic nostalgia, will decide India's future engagements with the UK.
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The plans are an attempt to meet the demands of businesses, pro-EU voters, Brexit supporters and the European Union, which has warned repeatedly that time is running out.
Johnson said that at a meeting of the cabinet to decide the plan on Friday, he had accepted that "my side of the argument were too few to prevail".
"Stunned that this was all one of the main architects of Brexit had to offer, all I could say was 'you know what Boris, I'd noticed".
Together with a customs partnership (which would require the U.K.to collect tariffs on the EU's behalf), this could remove the need for a physical border between Ireland and Northern Ireland - avoiding one of the greatest dangers aroused by this ill-conceived project - and allow close-to-frictionless trade in goods between Britain and Europe.
Appearing in the House of Commons just minutes later, a confident-sounding May defended her Brexit plan.
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"Boris Johnson's a friend of mine, he's been very nice to me, very supportive and maybe I'll speak to him when I get over there". Steve Baker, a junior Brexit minister, resigned along with Davis.
Some 64% of Britons do not trust her to run Brexit negotiations - up 31 percentage points from when we last asked the question in March 2017.
The former Foreign Secretary and prominent Leaver followed Brexit Secretary David Davis out of his post earlier today.
Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said the government was incapable of delivering Brexit.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph she said Mrs May's plan was "catastrophically bad" and a "disaster for the Conservative Party".
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