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These are the key points from the Government's stance on Brexit.

Theresa May's Cabinet has reached an agreement on how UK's future relationship with the EU after Brexit. It's not the final deal, but it's how senior ministers have agreed they want a post-Brexit Britain to work with the EU:

A 'common rulebook'

The UK will "maintain a common rulebook for all goods" with the EU, including agricultural products, after Brexit with a treaty on "continued harmonisation" with EU rules.

This would avoid friction at the UK-EU border, including Northern Ireland.

However, MPs could agree to choose to move away from EU rules. on the understanding doing so would have consequences.

The EU and UK would have "co-operative arrangements" when it comes to competition regulators.

And "different arrangements" will be organised for services "where it is in our interests to have regulatory flexibility".

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Decisions by UK courts would pay "due regard paid to EU case law in areas where the UK continued to apply a common rulebook".

A "joint institutional framework" will be established to interpret UK-EU agreements, which would be done in the UK by UK courts, and in the EU by EU courts

Cases will still be referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) as the interpreter of EU rules, but "cannot resolve disputes between the two".


The borders between the UK and EU will be treated as a "combined customs territory".

The UK would apply domestic customs tariffs and trade policies for goods intended for the UK, but charge EU tariffs and their equivalents for goods which will end up heading into the EU.

A post-Brexit UK would be able to "control its own tariffs for trade with the rest of the world" without causing border disruption - importantly avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Free movement of people

Free movement of people would end, "giving the UK back control over how many people enter the country".

However, a "mobility framework" will be set up to allow UK and EU citizens to travel to each other's territories, and apply for study and work.

What it means

The Government said the proposals give Britain "a precise and responsible approach to the final stage of the negotiations."

Ministers say it:

Gives the UK an independent trade policy, with the ability to set its own non-EU tariffs and to reach separate trade deals

Ends the role of the European Court of Justice in UK affairs

Ends annual payments to the EU budget - though with "appropriate contributions for joint action in specific areas"

Full details will be released in a white paper next week.