Brussels deal keeping Britain from being fully independent of EU sparked fury

A DEAL that could stop Britain from fully leaving the EU sparked anger last night.

UK and EU sources say Brussels could offer Britain temporary curbs on immigration in return for access to the single market. But angry campaigners accused politicians in Europe of failing to accept that Britain has voted to cut ties totally with the EU.Earlier Tory MPs dug their heels in and insisted they will not let backslide on Brexit by surrendering on immigration control and trade.

Theresa May in BrusselsGETTY   Theresa May said she does not expect to trigger formal EU talks this year

Mrs May, who last week discussed the referendum result with her French and German counterparts, has said she does not expect to trigger formal EU talks this year but insists that “Brexit means Brexit”, even though she supported the Remain side in the referendum.Yesterday British and EU sources said a deal was being considered in Europe under which the UK would be exempted from Europe’s free movement obligations for up to seven years while maintaining access to the single market.
Britain would be expected to continue paying into the EU budget, although probably less than now, and would not have a say in single-market rules. British officials stressed it was still “very early days” but that some form of “emergency brake” on migration was one of the ideas “on the table”.Nathalie Tocci, director of the Rome-based Institute for International Affairs, who is also an adviser to EU “foreign minster” Federica Mogherini, said she thought the Italian government would back an emergency brake in order to keep Britain in the single market.

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Federica Mogherini is the EU’s foreign minister

As yesterday’s Sunday Express reported, Foreign Secretary has said he is increasingly confident Britain can get a deal with the EU which both allows free trade and cuts immigration.Meanwhile, it emerged that a group of Tory MPs met last week to discuss how to ensure Mrs May delivers on migration control and severs full links with the single market.One source said: “We don’t trust the PM. She’s got off to a good start but the jury is out. The idea of an ongoing relationship with the EU is not acceptable.”

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Boris Johnson has said he expects to curb immigration and have free trade

One MP at the meeting suggested threatening to disrupt legislation if the PM went in the wrong direction. And Tory Eurosceptic Steve Baker, who was named chairman of the group, said MPs wanted to be “constructive,” and would be supportive if Mrs May kept her promises.Tory Party chairman Patrick McLoughlin, asked if Brexit would end mass migration from Europe as many voters believed, said people had different reasons to vote to leave “but it does mean that we have to have control of our borders, yes”.

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Tory Party chairman Patrick McLoughlin said Brexit means ‘controlling the borders, yes’

Amid speculation Mrs May could call a snap general election to capitalise on Labour turmoil, Mr McLoughlin promised Article 50 would be triggered first.Tory MP Peter Bone said he was reassured by Mrs May’s appointment of key Eurosceptics to her Government: “Bringing in people like that has made it a lot easier for people like me to be more relaxed.”The Daily Express is continuing its crusade, which was so instrumental in the referendum victory, to ensure the Government carries out the voters’ wishes.

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Ms. Corinne Marshall

We voted to leave the EU so that means no single market no free movement! Mrs. May MUST respect our vote and cut ALL our ties to the dictatorial rules and laws from the EU. We don’t want to be paying their extortionate fees and we don’t want to have the mass of immigration that they demand of us. Conservatives have to listen to the voters or political suicide will be their future.

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