London (AFP) – UK Environment Minister Michael Gove has eradicated plans for potential future customs agreements with the EU, reports on Saturday as tensions within the cabinet on Brexit continue to emerge.
Gove was reportedly "livide" and tore up the papers that listed Prime Minister Theresa May's preferred option for a future customs partnership with the European Union after he downplayed his concerns over the proposals, [Gove] a leading one Proponents of Brexit, "physically He tore it to show that he was not ready to accept the document as a summary of their discussions," the newspaper Sun reported.
The report on the incident was later confirmed by the BBC, citing consultants to the minister  May will gather its warring ministers for an important Brexit Summit on Friday to discuss Britain's plans for issues such as trade and customs after it leaves the EU next year as pressure intensifies or they should agree on a common stance.
The Cabinet, which has publicly disagreed on various aspects of Brexit, is on a deadlock over two options for tariff regulations after leaving the country on 29 March 2019.
A "Maximum Facilitation" model proposes trusted trader agreements and technologies to avoid border controls, while a "Customs Partnership" system requires that Britain levy tariffs for goods on the continent on behalf of the EU.  Two groups of Cabinet members were involved
Gove was reportedly one of the ministers investigating the partnership model widely rejected by the Brexiteers and responding to a summary report on their alleged position prepared by officials  President of the European Union Donald Tusk made a "last call" for Britain on Friday to explain what he would expect from Brexit, as the bloc was about to leave the country and did not intensify preparations for the prospect of a deal.
The Independent newspaper said on Sunday that EU leaders had given up hope to reach an agreement by the next summit in October, as originally sought by both sides.
Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph reported a new US security adviser John Bolton bridged Downing Street and held a secret meeting in London last week with leading conservative Eurosceptic legislators on Brexit.
Donald Trump's Advisor used the meeting to underscore the US President's enthusiasm for Britain's exit from the EU The two countries can agree on a trade agreement within two years of leaving the country.
No government officials were present at the meeting, and Downing Street was not informed about this
Speculation is growing that Trump will decide to meet Tory Brexiteers privately when he visits Britain on July 13, further undermining May. he added.
Downing Street refused to comment on the reports.