Brexit Plan? To ‘Have Cake And Eat It’, According To Glimpse Of Hand-Written Memo

The Government’s Brexit negotiating position is to “have cake and eat it”, according to a memo carried into a Downing Street meeting which discloses an ambitious new trade deal will have to be agreed outside the single market.

A document held by an aide to Mark Field, vice chairman of the Conservative Party, also suggests Britain is “loath” to introduce “transitional” controls after it quits the bloc – signaling a reluctance to give business access to the single market for a limited period.

To date, Prime Minister Theresa May has been unwilling to detail the Government’s stance ahead of triggering Article 50, and setting in motion the two-year negotiations to secure the UK’s exit. Instead of a “running commentary”, the mantra has been only: Brexit means Brexit.

So the glimpse of an A4-sized piece of paper, prepared ahead of a meeting at the Department for Exiting the European Union, is as much as most outside the heart of Government know about the strategy.

The SNP said the memo showed the “Tories have no plan for Brexit” and are “just trying to make it up as they go along”.

The memo was caught on camera by photographer, Steve Black.

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