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UK News Johnson and Cameron meet before May's Brexit showdown

13:15  06 july  2018
13:15  06 july  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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Boris Johnson met David Cameron on the eve of a key Brexit summit, with the pair agreeing Theresa May ' s vision for Britain's future relationship with the EU was "the worst of both worlds".

BORIS Johnson has met with senior cabinet colleagues at the Foreign Office before tomorrow' s Brexit showdown with Theresa May . Mr Johnson , Mr Gove and Ms Leadsom all famously ran for leadership against Mrs May two years when David Cameron quit in the wake of the Brexit vote.

Boris Johnson (L) and David Cameron © Getty Boris Johnson (L) and David Cameron

Boris Johnson met David Cameron on the eve of a key Brexit summit, with the pair agreeing Theresa May's vision for Britain's future relationship with the EU was "the worst of both worlds".

A source has confirmed to Sky News that the foreign secretary and former PM - who were on opposite sides of the Brexit referendum campaign - held talks.

Sky News understands the meeting was a long-standing catch-up, during which a number of issues were discussed.

Mr Cameron called the EU referendum and campaigned for a Remain vote. He resigned the morning after.

Theresa May holding a cabinet meeting at Chequers in 2016 © Sky News Theresa May holding a cabinet meeting at Chequers in 2016 The remarkable development comes as the prime minister gathers her cabinet at her country retreat of Chequers in a bid to agree on what they want Britain's post-Brexit relationship with the EU to look like.

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David Cameron and Boris Johnson . The Foreign Secretary and former Prime Minister, who were on opposite sides of the Brexit campaign ahead of the June 2016 EU referendum, held secret talks on the eve of Mrs May ’ s showdown at Chequers.

Brexit Chequers summit explained - your guide to the Cabinet showdown that will make or break Theresa May . Boris Johnson also met former Prime Minister David Cameron , The Times reported - though exactly what they said is disputed.

But there are vastly differing views on how closely, if at all, the UK should mirror Brussels' rules and regulations when it comes to issues like trade and customs.

Leavers say sticking too close to them would not represent the will expressed by voters in the 2016 referendum to "take back control", while Remainers argue going too far the other way would lead to chaos for businesses.

The plans being considered by ministers could see the UK keep a "common rulebook" with the EU for all goods, including agricultural and food products.

It has also been claimed that Downing Street is prepared to concede that plans to align the UK with EU regulations in this respect would make a free trade deal with the US unlikely - something Number 10 later came out and dismissed as "categorically untrue".

The Latest: May defends Brexit plan after Cabinet departures

  The Latest: May defends Brexit plan after Cabinet departures Prime Minister Theresa May has defended her post-Brexit trade plan that sparked Cabinet resignations, saying it is the only way to avoid a hard border with Ireland. LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May has defended her post-Brexit trade plan that sparked Cabinet resignations, saying it is the only way to avoid a hard border with Ireland.

May calls WARRING Cabinet to Number 10 for final Brexit meeting before Chequers SHOWDOWN . Just hours after hardline Brexiteers Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson teamed up to heap more pressure on Mrs May , the Prime Minister welcomed her Cabinet to Number 10.

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Chequers is the Prime Minister's official country residence © Sky News Chequers is the Prime Minister's official country residence Speaking ahead of the summit, which will last well into Friday evening, Mrs May said the government had "an opportunity - and a duty" to reach an agreement.

"We want a deal that allows us to deliver the benefits of Brexit - taking control of our borders, laws and money and by signing ambitious new trade deals with countries like the US, Australia and New Zealand," she said.

"This is about agreeing an approach that delivers decisively on the verdict of the British people - an approach that is in the best interests of the UK and the EU, and crucially, one that commands the support of the public and Parliament."

But the proposals revealed thus far have gone down like a bucket of cold sick with eurosceptic Tory MPs - and sparked speculation about whether there could be ministerial resignations.

Eurosceptic former cabinet minister Owen Paterson said the plans would represent a "complete breach of Theresa May's manifesto commitment, reconfirmed to me at PMQs yesterday [Wednesday], to leave (the) single market, customs union and European Court of Justice".

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Brexiteer ministers including Boris Johnson , David Davis, Michael Gove, Liam Fox, Esther McVey, Penny Mordaunt and Andrea Leadsom were holding talks ahead of the Chequers showdown . May calls WARRING Cabinet to Number 10 for final Brexit meeting before Chequers SHOWDOWN .

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He added: "We would be out of Europe but still run by Europe."

MP Lucy Allen said simply that "this is not Brexit", while Andrea Jenkyns said Brexit-backing MPs "cannot support any deal that restricts our trade with other countries".

She warned "from what we are hearing, prepared to vote against this".

One source said Leave-supporting backbenchers do not even think the PM's plans will end up being put to MPs because "Boris and David aren't having it".

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May braced for showdown with Brexit rebels .
Theresa May is facing a serious challenge from Conservative party rebels who object to her plans for leaving the European Union. Amid an escalating crisis for the prime minister MPs are set to vote on a series of amendments, tabled by members of the European Research Group (ERG), that seek to wreck a blueprint for leaving the EU drawn up at Chequers.The controversial plans, which detail "a common rule book" covering a new UK-EU free trade area, were presented by Mrs May as a hopeful compromise approach in Brexit talks.

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