Daily Brexit Update: Monday the 2nd July 2018
Sky's political editor, Faisal Islam, says that the Chequers meeting this week will be about settling an argument between Olly Robbins (customs union) and David Davis (maximum facilitation), with his expectation being that an amalgamation of the two (more customs union) will be placed on the table with a 'take it or leave the government' being on offer.
And on cue the BBC tells us that Number ten has produced a third Brexit customs model. The plans are not public yet, but ministers will be discussing it at their Chequers meeting.
In order to provide clarity and certainty as well as preventing an education 'cliff edge', the Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, has announced tht EU students starting their degree courses in England in autumn 2019 will pay the same tuition fees as English students and be treated and supported in the same way.
The Tory MP for Rutland and Melton, Sir Alan Duncan, sent the following Tweet in response to what he saw as Jacob Rees-Mogg's 'insolence' in telling the PM that he and other members of the Tory MP Eurosceptic European Research Group (ERG) would vote down any deal that was not a clean break from the EU, which would risk bringing the government down:
Rees-Mogg's insolence @Telegraph in lecturing & threatening PM is just too much. Risks debasing govt, party, country & himself. PM must be given maximum latitude & backing. The ideological right are a minority despite their noise & should pipe down. #totalsupportforMay&UK https://t.co/H5YQjaEDSI
— Sir Alan Duncan MP (@AlanDuncanMP) July 2, 2018
Do we really have a 'secret weapon' in the Brexit talks: Donald Trump? Tom McTague and Charlie Cooper writing in politico.eu argue that recent open attacks on the EU by Trump may help the UK in its Brexit negotiations.
It seems that while the UK in the form of The City has been working to ensure financial stability, the EU has not reciprocated. Jonathan Ford in the FT says that the UK has for months been proposing ideas but the EU has not responded in kind.
Vote Leave chair and Labour MP Gisela Stuart says that the Brexit negotiations will go to the wire (video):
Jeremy Corbyn on the government Brexit strategy (video):
IDS says let's stop messing about and get down to sorting out a deal (video):