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Chequers to Host Crucial Brexit Talks

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British Prime Minister Theresa May. (File Photo: IANS)

Ministers are expected to be at Chequers, a 16th Century house in Buckinghamshire which is the PM’s country residence, until about 22.00 GMT. They had to hand in their phones and any smartwatches on arrival

British Prime Minister Theresa May. (File Photo: IANS)

Prime Minister Theresa May will discussing her Brexit strategy with her cabinet colleagues at Chequers in a bid to thrash out an agreement on the shape of the UK’s future relationship with the EU, BBC reported.

Mrs May has said they have “a duty” to reach agreement on Friday, amid splits over how closely the UK should stick to EU rules after Brexit. She is expected to propose keeping the UK aligned with the EU on trading rules for goods but not services. If ministers reach an agreement, the EU can then choose to accept or reject their proposals.

The EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said it was “ready to adapt our offer should the UK’s red lines change” but insisted there could be no “unravelling” of the single market.

Ministers are expected to be at Chequers, a 16th Century house in Buckinghamshire which is the PM’s country residence, until about 22.00 GMT. They had to hand in their phones and any smartwatches on arrival.

Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington said the proposal would include a common rulebook on some sectors – like industrial goods and agricultural goods – for “practical” supply chain reasons.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I’m pretty confident we will end up with a concrete position which everybody is able to sign up to.”

There have also been suggestions that the prime minister’s proposal would make a US trade deal more difficult. No 10 says it is “categorically untrue that we will not be able to strike a trade deal with the US”.