THERESA May has made a secret deal with the EU to keep the whole of the UK in the customs union to avoid a hard border in Ireland it has been claimed, as the Prime Minister battles to seal a Brexit deal with the bloc.
Mrs May has secured private concessions from Brussels which would keep Britain in the customs union after Brexit, the Sunday Times reported.
The move would mean an Irish backstop, the issue that has kept the UK and the EU deadlocked for months, would not be required.
The please-all-of-the-people plan is aimed at securing the support of Remain MPs within the Conservatives ranks as well as some Labour ministers, AND there would be an exit clause in a bid to win over Tory Brexiteers.
The Prime Minister is said to be pushing to keep open the possibility of a Canada-style free trade deal with the EU in the future.
Mrs May is expected to discuss the plan with Cabinet on Tuesday and agree the final details with the EU at a special summit later this month.
The Prime Minister will reportedly warn Brexiteers that if they reject this deal they will be blamed for causing a potentially very difficult no deal scenario.
Preparations for a final Brexit deal are said to be more advanced than previously disclosed and will lead to a 50-page report being published, rather than the five page pamphlet expected.
But the proposals prompted fury from Brexiteers, with Jacob Rees-Mogg branding it a “major breach of faith”.