>> There remain some real differences.>> Crunch time, yet again, for Theresa May's Brexit plans. But whispers of mutiny are growing ever louder. The UK Prime Minister called for unity before a meeting on Friday, where ministers are supposed to approve her customs blueprint, under which Britain would closely mirror EU rules.
The Brexiteers aren't happy at all. It's a betrayal, they say, of her promise of a clean break. Foreign minister Boris Johnson held a conclave of pro Brexit ministers Thursday night to discuss their options. Staying tethered to EU standards could curtail Britain's freedom they say, and prevent it striking new trade deals elsewhere.
But May said it was ministers duty to agree to the plan, clamour from car makers and other manufacturers over the past few weeks have piled on yet more pressure to get a deal. Jaguar Land Rover was the latest this week to warn tens of thousands of UK jobs are at risk.
So no one is expected to get home early from the Prime Minister's country residence on Friday night, and it doesn't end there. If ministers do sign off on a plan, May's next task is to take it to Brussels. The EU has poured cold water over her previous customs plans, as the clock keeps ticking towards Britain's departure next March.