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'Have cake and eat it' Brexit memo

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>> Theresa May's office in damage limitation mode again. The government denying a hand written note caught on camera in West Minster reflects its Brexit strategy. The memo which suggests the plan is to have cake and eat it was being carried by an aid to Conservative MP Mark Field.
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It says the UK is unlikely to stay in the European single market and suggests Britain could seek a Canada plus deal. A reference to a trade deal agreed between Canada and the EU signed last month. It also suggest the French are likely to be most difficult. The government swiftly distancing itself from the memo.
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A spokesman saying it doesn't reflect the official position. Theresa May has promised to trigger formal divorce talks with the European Union by the end of March. But she's tight-lipped about what Britain is seeking to achieve, Tuesday's episode underlines just how difficult it will be for the PM to keep her negotiating policy under wraps.