Former Permanent International Trade Secretary: May's Brexit Plan "Better Than No Deal".

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Defending the Prime Minister's controversial Brexit plan, which came in for fierce criticism from Tory Eurosceptics this weekend, Mr Gove said that Britain had shown "flexibility" and the Government expected Brussels to reciprocate.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is trying to finalize a detailed proposal to put to the European Union in the final stages of the negotiations, but has been thwarted by a cabinet riven by different visions of what Brexit should, or can, accomplish.

However, there is growing disquiet on the Tory backbenches not only with Mrs May but senior Brexiteer cabinet ministers.

Ministers signed off on a blueprint for a new U.K. -EU "free trade area", with interwoven customs regimes, and identical regulations for industrial and agri-food goods. "We have an approach which ends free movement, which keeps us out of the Common Agricultural Policy, the Common Fisheries Policy, which ends the jurisdiction of the European Court", he said.

"They wanted us to end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the United Kingdom - that will end".

"It seems more and more that Britain will have to ask for an extension of the two-year period for Brexit negotiations", said one European Union diplomat involved in the talks. Indeed we seem to have gone backwards since the last Chequers meeting in February, when I described my frustrations, as Mayor of London, in trying to protect cyclists from juggernauts.

Mrs May, in her reply, said: "It is precisely because we're saying "no" to the proposals put forward by the European Commission that we are putting forward our own proposal".

Michael Gove admitted the agreement thrashed out after a marathon day of talks on Friday was not everything he had hoped for, but the environment secretary said he was a "realist" and recognised the need for compromise.

So Mrs May has diverted the country towards a softer Brexit and saved her job.

Mr Bridgen, writing in the Mail on Sunday, said Jacob Rees-Mogg - leader of the pro-Brexit European Research Group - was now the only credible challenger to Mrs May after the failure by Cabinet ministers to oppose the Chequers plan.

"Brexit should be about opportunity and hope", Johnson said in a resignation letter.

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"As with eggs: An egg that is very softly boiled isn't boiled at all". A very soft Brexit means that we haven't left, we are simply a rule-taker.

"That is not something that this country voted for, it is not what the Prime Minister promised", he told BBC Radio 4's Today.

On Friday, Davis and the rest of May's fractious Cabinet finally agreed on a plan for future trade ties with the EU.

The document has not been endorsed by the ERG but was "devastating", a Brexiteer source said.

The disquiet has sparked speculation some Conservative MPs could submit formal letters calling for a leadership contest, with 48 being the requisite number.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaking on the Marr Show on BBC television at her official country residence Chequers in Buckinghamshire, Britain, June 17, 2018.

Mr Brigden said he would "listen to what the prime minister has got to say on Monday evening at the 1922 committee" before deciding how to act.

"Pragmatism has come to mean defeatism", he said.

He said the briefings "will massively calm the nerves of people who have been basing their views on the speculation that has been floating around in the media and social media".

Vicky Ford urged colleagues not to get "hot under the collar" until they had seen the details. But talks in Brussels were notoriously slow, mostly because Mays government could not - and still cannot - agree on what kind of future relationship Britain wants with Europe on trade, immigration, law, tariffs and border checks and security. The Sunday Times said seven of the 27 ministers present spoke out against the plan. Michael Gove, May's environment minister, said on Sunday that while the agreed negotiating stance was not ideal, he believed it delivered on handing back control to Britain.

"May's proposal will form the backbone of pre-legal document - a white paper - that may be subject to amendment in parliament before eventually being presented to the European Union, which can accept or reject it".

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