EU leaders have hinted at a Brexit compromise – if British Prime Minister Theresa May confronts Eurosceptics and heals divisions within her cabinet at next week’s crunch talks with her ministers.
Mrs May will next week try to persuade ministers to adopt a white paper which would commit the UK to stay close to the EU’s customs union and single market in goods, reducing the risk of a “hard Brexit”.
But one minister told the Financial Times this could trigger a cabinet revolt, adding: “We could be looking for a new foreign secretary in two weeks’ time.”
Mr Johnson’s allies continue to insist that he has no intention of resigning and will instead be fighting to hold Mrs May to the Conservative Party election manifesto pledge to take Britain out of the single market and customs union, reports the FT.
Meanwhile, the EU27 – consisting of all of the members of the bloc other than the UK – will today adopt communiqué vowing to improve its offer to Britain if Mrs May softens her stance, including opposition to a role for the European Court of Justice in a future trade deal.