Penny Mordaunt’s Brexit plan gets nod from SEVEN Brexiteers fuelling leadership rumours

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Penny Mordaunt’s Brexit plan gets nod from SEVEN Brexiteers fuelling leadership rumours

The International Development Secretary is set to unveil her idea to unblock the Brexit stalemate between the Prime Minister and the bloc by simply cutting Brussels out of the equation. Her idea, called a “maximum facilitation” scheme, will see Britain paying £10billion per year until an organised exit takes place in early 2021, slicing £19billion off the Brexit bill. Ms Mordant will present her plan on Monday night at a Cabinet meeting that is set to give serious consideration to a no-deal Brexit. Chairman of the powerful European Research Group Jacob Rees-Mogg has said he would fully support Ms Mordaunt’s plan, the Daily Telegraph reports.

He said: “It is practical, a compromise. We essentially pay for a free trade deal which purists would not like but to my mind but seems to me to be the best way of getting us out of the situation we are in and having some form of a deal.

“It gives you 21 months to negotiate a free trade deal with the European Union or you end up leaving on WTO terms. It gives you time – which is something that you need.”

Ms Mordaunt’s idea would develop a “maximum facilitation” scheme to trade with the EU by avoiding border delays through new technology that would approve large exporters though a so-called trusted trader scheme.

The scheme was rejected by Mrs May before she pitched her controversial Chequers deal that triggered the resignations of Brexit Secretary David Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, but would see the UK and EU develop new technologies to remove the need for customs checks.

Mr Johnson also enthusiastically said he would support Ms Mordaunt’s “max fac” plan over the alternative of a “new customs partnership”.

Also supporting her idea is Jeremy Hunt, Sajid Javid and Gavin Williamson as well as four other Cabinet ministers.

But five Remainers are opposing it, warning a no-deal would be a “catastrophe”.

Ms Mordaunt is one of a handful of Brexiteers looking to swoop in on Mrs May’s role when she quits before the 2022 General Election.

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