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Brexit: Future PM 'could change EU relationship'

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Michael Gove: Theresa May's plan is the right one "for now"
A future prime minister could choose to alter the relationship between the UK and the EU, Michael Gove has said.But the environment secretary told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show that Theresa May's strategy, agreed at Chequers in July, was the right plan "for now".The proposals have sparked criticism from other Brexiteers and resulted in some discussing a leadership challenge.Meanwhile, London mayor Sadiq Khan has called for a second EU referendum on the deal Mrs May agrees with Brussels.
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Mrs May's Brexit proposals, backed by her cabinet including Mr Gove, are unpopular with many backbench Tory MPs, who argue it would compromise the UK's sovereignty.
Asked if the Chequers plan was permanent, Mr Gove, who was a leading figure in the Leave campaign, said: "Yes, but there's one critical thing, a future prime minister could always choose to alter the relationship between Britain and the European Union."But the Chequers approach is the right one for now because we have got to make sure that we respect that vote and take advantage of the opportunities of being outside the European Union."
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'It's not about my future but that of the UK', says May
In an interview to mark the six-month countdown to Brexit, Mrs May told the BBC's Panorama programme she was irritated by the ongoing speculation over her position as prime minister.Asked if she would reassure the Tory party that she was not determined to go "on and on", she said: "I get a little bit irritated but this debate is not about my future. This debate is about the future of the people of the UK and the future of the United Kingdom. "That's what I'm focused on and that's what we should all be focused on. "It's ensuring that we get that good deal from the European Union which is good for people in the UK, wherever they live in the UK, that's what's important for us."
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Read the full glossary here Mrs May's comments came days after Conservative MPs opposed to her Brexit plan met to discuss how and when they could force her to stand down.About 50 Brexit-supporting members of the European Research Group (ERG) met on Tuesday to discuss a leadership challenge.
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Mrs May has said she wants to strike a trade deal with the EU for after the UK leaves on 29 March 2019.She has also said there needs to be "friction-free movement of goods" with no customs or regulatory checks between the UK and EU on the island of Ireland, in order to avoid a hard border there.The UK and EU are hoping to agree a way forward next month, at the same time as they settle the terms of the UK's withdrawal, including a transition period up to the end of 2020.
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Brexit: Future PM 'could change EU relationship'

We voted in 2016 – why is it taking so long to leave?
Brexit: Future PM 'could change EU relationship'

Well, none of the major players has ever left the European Union before...
Brexit: Future PM 'could change EU relationship'

So there are some BIG problems to solve
Brexit: Future PM 'could change EU relationship'

Such as how we don’t end up worse-off economically
Brexit: Future PM 'could change EU relationship'

The EU has a "single market" - goods from other EU countries aren't taxed at the border
Brexit: Future PM 'could change EU relationship'

And people can also move around as if the EU was a single country
Brexit: Future PM 'could change EU relationship'

Outside the EU, the UK might have to pay more to buy from and sell to EU countries
Brexit: Future PM 'could change EU relationship'

This could also slow the flow of goods and parts, disrupting production for UK firms
Brexit: Future PM 'could change EU relationship'

The EU says Britain can’t cherry pick – keeping some benefits without membership
Brexit: Future PM 'could change EU relationship'

But that could mean the UK is freer to make other trade deals around the world
Brexit: Future PM 'could change EU relationship'

Any special deal the UK wants has to be approved by MPs first
Brexit: Future PM 'could change EU relationship'

Then the deal has to be agreed by 27 national parliaments across Europe
Brexit: Future PM 'could change EU relationship'

That’s a lot of people who need to agree with each other…
Brexit: Future PM 'could change EU relationship'

So, the date UK is meant to leave is 29 March 2019
Brexit: Future PM 'could change EU relationship'

But there are already plans for a 21-month transition period after that
Brexit: Future PM 'could change EU relationship'

During which the UK could still be governed by some EU laws
Brexit: Future PM 'could change EU relationship'

A trade deal between Canada and the EU took seven years to agree
Brexit: Future PM 'could change EU relationship'

However, as the UK’s already fully aligned with the EU, it could be quicker
Brexit: Future PM 'could change EU relationship'

But it is likely that we will all be talking about Brexit for a long time yet...
Brexit: Future PM 'could change EU relationship'

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(If you can't see the explainer, follow this link)BBC Panorama, Inside No 10: Deal or No Deal? is on Monday 17 September at 20:30 BST on BBC One as part of a week on in-depth coverage across the BBC to mark Brexit: Six Months to Go.
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