Some of Theresa May’s most senior ministers are working to moderate her plans for a hard Brexit, even suggesting the U.K. could remain in Europe’s single market and customs union, as the prime minister fights to stay in power.
After her election gamble backfired, May is now so weak and reliant on the support of political rivals inside and outside her Conservative Party that she’ll be unable to force through her vision of a clean break with the European Union, according to three senior government officials.
In a sign that a fresh clash over Europe is looming among the Tories, Brexit Secretary David Davis said it’s “pretty plain” the government wants to control the U.K.’s borders and laws, which means leaving the single market and customs union while trying to negotiate a new trade deal. “We spent ten months devising that strategy,” he told ITV.
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