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>> There remain some real differences between->> British Prime Minister Theresa May has moved to strengthen her grip over Eurosceptics in her cabinet. After a long Brexit meeting at her Chequers country residence, ministers signed up to a plan to create a free trade area for industrial and agricultural goods after the UK exits the EU.
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>> Crucially, what we have agreed is the creation of a UK-EU free trade area. This will maintain high standards, it will be a common rule book for industrial goods and agricultural products. But we also will ensure that nothing can change without the consent, without the approval of our parliament.
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>> But for the hardline Euro skeptics and the staunch EU supporters, the agreed negotiating position is not enough. According to the Times newspaper, May is taking a hard line on those who could disagree with her soft Brexit strategy. And that she's promised senior allies that she would sack Foriegn Minister Boris Johnson, a Brexit supporter if he tried to quote, undermine the peace deal.
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The Financial Times reported that if ministers in her cabinet disown the plans, they'll be given the boot too. The so-called common rule book would allow Britain to set its own import tariffs and seal new free trade deals. Both are intended to remove friction at the border, including in Ireland.
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Although May seems to have persuaded the most vocal Brexit campaigners in the cabinet to back her plan, the hard-won proposals may fall flat with EU negotiators. The EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, welcomes the agreement but added on Twitter, we will assess proposals to see if they are workable and realistic.