Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Stand-Off! May Digs in after Attack by Boris; EU CUSTOM 'ON TABLE' Brexiteers' Scheme for Customs Is Dangerous and Unworkable, Warns Grieve

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Stand-Off! May Digs in after Attack by Boris; EU CUSTOM 'ON TABLE' Brexiteers' Scheme for Customs Is Dangerous and Unworkable, Warns Grieve

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Byline: Joe Murphy and Sarah Collins

THERESA MAY today rebuffed Boris Johnson's fullfrontal attack on plans for Britain's post-Brexit trade deal with the EU after he branded them "crazy".

Downing Street insisted that proposals for a customs partnership, which the Prime Minister is believed to favour, remain on the table despite being savaged by the Foreign Secretary. Brexiteers are seeking to kill off the customs partnership plan, arguing it will tie Britain too closely to the EU after Brexit. Instead they favour the "max-fac" maximum facilitation idea, which Continued on Page 4 Continued from Page 1 would rely on technology to monitor cross-border trade. But the Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "Following last week's Cabinet sub-committee meeting it was agreed there are unresolved issues relating to both models." He said they would be addressed "as a priority", adding: "There are two models and the work is ongoing."

Pro-European ministers were today rallying around the customs partnership plan after Mr Johnson branded it "crazy". One Cabinet minister said some colleagues were uniting behind Mrs May's favoured option because the alternative was to risk crashing out of the EU with no deal at all.

One ministerial aide described the Foreign Secretary's attack as "the Johnson tantrum" and another accused him of undermining Mrs May's authority.

Supporters of Mr Johnson were defiant, saying he could not be rebuked "for speaking against something that is not even Government policy". The row threatened to shatter party unity after better-than-expected election results.

Brexit was not on the formal agenda this morning as ministers trooped into Downing Street. Mrs May has delayed a showdown on the customs partnership opposed by Brexiteers, and the max-fac.

idea Remainers fear is unworkable, in the hope of picking off opponents one by one. In other developments: Sources close to Business Secretary Greg Clark confirmed company leaders have warned him that major investments are more likely to go to other countries if Britain fails to achieve a "frictionless" trade deal with the EU, meaning that factories would close. …

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