Face of Brexit Boris Johnson resigns, plunging May into crisis

Environment Secretary Michael Gove, a leading Brexit supporter, admitted the proposal thrashed out by cabinet ministers during a day-long meeting on Friday was not flawless.

"Up till now what we've seen from Europe are the proposals that they've effectively put to us of being ones that we couldn't accept", she said.

Still, the plan could help move negotiations forward.

A group of entrepreneurs, including the founders of Innocent Drinks, food chain Pret a Manger, bookshop Waterstones and fashion retailer Net-A-Porter among others, urged them on.

The EU is also demanding certainty on the future of the border between Britain's Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland - the U.K.'s only land frontier with an EU member. May hopes it will jumpstart the acrimonious discussions about the terms of Brexit.

Their analysis produced five different scenarios based on three key factors: whether the UK is part of the EU Customs Union or has a bespoke customs deal; whether or not the UK is in the Single Market, has a bespoke single market deal, or no deal at all; and whether or not the UK has to adopt WTO tariffs in the event of no bespoke deal being struck with the EU.

There have been differences within the Conservatives over how far the United Kingdom should prioritise the economy by compromising on issues such as leaving the remit of the European Court of Justice and ending free movement of people.

Any final deal must be agreed in the House of Commons, where May has only a slim majority dependent on the pro-Brexit Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

Theresa May has shown strength and courage in facing down Tory Brexiteers to get Cabinet agreement on pursuing a de-facto single market in goods with the European Union after Brexit without so much as a squeak from Ministers.

He added: "We need to do worst case scenario planning".

The Sunday Times reports more than one Tory MP has texted Mr Johnson in the last 24 hours advising him to resign on principle, warning that if he fails to do so he will never be Conservative leader. This would prevent any of them from speaking against the proposals agreed at her Chequers meeting.

"One of the things about this compromise is that it unites the cabinet".

Her Downing Street office said May will unveil the plan - the "facilitated customs arrangement" - to her team of ministers at her country residence Chequers on Friday, trying to secure an agreement to push on with all-but-stalled Brexit talks.

A senior British minister on Sunday defended the government's plan to adopt European Union rules on goods after Brexit, amid anger from MPs who want a cleaner break and concerns it will still harm business.

Mrs May is expected to tell MPs that the strategy agreed on at Chequers is the "right Brexit" for Britain.

Prime Minister Theresa May said that after Friday's epic meeting, "the Cabinet has agreed our collective position for the future of our negotiations with the European Union".

Without a deal in place next March, Britain would risk crashing out with little idea of what new rules govern its ties with the EU.

The UK would of course continue to play a strong role in shaping the worldwide standards that underpin them, and Parliament would have oversight of the incorporation of these rules into the UK's legal order - with the ability to choose not to do so, recognizing that this would have consequences. We will end free movement, we will end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, we will stop sending vast sums of money to the European Union every year, we will come out of the Common Agricultural Policy, we will come out of the Common Fisheries Policy.

What was the reaction in the Commons?

There was a crisis in government, he said, adding: "It is clear this government can not secure a good deal for Britain". May met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Thursday to restate her wish to negotiate a deep trade and security partnership after Brexit, her spokesman said.

What has been the reaction from the EU?

"May's Brexit means BRINO - "Brexit In Name Only" - a fakeBrexit".

Of more immediate importance is how the European Union will react.

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