Brexit: 'Powerful forces' trying to KEEP UK tied to Brussels – ex-minister, Steve warns  Theresa May

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Steve Baker, who was a minister in the Brexit department until July, suggested that “powerful forces” in Government were seeking to keep the UK in arrangements similar to the single market and customs union.
He called instead for an “advanced free-trade agreement” with “practical arrangements” on the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

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In a video message, Mr Baker, who quit as a minister in response to Theresa May’s Chequers plan, said: “It may be that powerful forces within the Government are determined to have a high-alignment Brexit, something like the EEA plus something like the customs union.
“That might be because they are badly advised about the cost of customs and the potential for new non-tariff barriers.

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