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Where May’s ministers stand on customs union concessions

Some ministers are backing more flexibility in Brexit talks but others are opposed

Cabinet ministers are split on whether the way ahead in the Brexit process should involve concessions on a permanent customs union, with some arguing it is the only way to get cross-party consensus for a deal and others warning that it would cause a permanent split in the Tory party.

Senior Brexiters have said any moves towards a softer Brexit could lead to a damaging rift. However, May has been advised by other ministers to be flexible about how she approaches building consensus in parliament, including her red line of an independent trade policy, which she says precludes a customs union.

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Brexit: Hunt claims Commons votes this week have made staying in EU more likely – Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including day three of the Brexit debate

Here is Channel 4 News’ Michael Crick on what the Unite general secretary Len McCluskey is saying about his telephone call with Theresa May about Brexit yesterday.

Len McCluskey tells it was the first time he had ever spoken to Theresa May (he never ever had a conversation with Cameron). "There was nothing acrimonious or disrespectful" about it, he says. He explained Unite & Labour view there should be a general election.

On a visit to Romania, which currently has the presidency of the EU, Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European commission, said the EU would be offering the UK “clarifications” relating to the Brexit deal, but not a renegotiation. He said:

We are checking with Downing Street what the clarifications could amount to. They should not be confused with a renegotiation.

I don’t like the prospect of a no-deal. It would be a catastrophe.

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