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Whisky and treacle salmon: Behind the scenes of crunch talks

By Alix Culbertson, news reporter
Theresa May has held crunch Brexit talks with her cabinet and advisers at Chequers, her country retreat.
Following discussions over Britain's future relationship with the EU, the prime minister announced that a new UK-European Union free trade area for goods will be created.But what happened during the lengthy talks at Chequers on Friday?Ministers reportedly had to hand their phones in as they arrived in order to concentrate on making some of the most important decisions in a generation.
Whisky and treacle salmon: Behind the scenes of crunch talks

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David Davis looks at his pile of papers as Theresa May speaks to ministers
To power them through the day the group enjoyed a buffet lunch of BBQ chicken thighs with a salad of wheat, beets, squash and feta, estate new potato salad, estate grown mixed leaves and a summer tomato salad with pomegranate dressing.For those still hungry they were served Chequers scones with clotted cream and estate strawberry jam, Graham's sticky tea loaf and a fruit platter.Official photos released by Number 10 show ministers standing around in informal groups in the historic surroundings of the 16th century manor house in Buckinghamshire.
Whisky and treacle salmon: Behind the scenes of crunch talks

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Ministers have had a luxurious lunch and dinner at Chequers. Pic: Crown Copyright
They first met in a high-ceilinged room under portraits, including a painting of Queen Henrietta Maria holding the future Charles II.After more talks through the afternoon, where Theresa May was pictured talking to ministers, they were kept going with a dinner of whisky and treacle cured Scottish salmon smoked over whisky barrel chips and served on homemade sourdough.For the main course they had Oxfordshire beef fillet with crispy shin, baby leeks, turned estates potatoes with rich beef gravy.And for dessert there was marmalade bread and butter pudding with English custard and orange ice cream.
Whisky and treacle salmon: Behind the scenes of crunch talks

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Ministers and advisers meet at Chequers before thrashing out Brexit details. Pic: Crown Copyright
Who's who at Chequers:1. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt - Remainer who has said he would vote for Brexit if there was another vote2. Brexit Secretary David Davis - Key Brexiteer3. Number 10 director of communications Robbie Gibb - Brexiteer4. Environment Secretary Michael Gove - Key Brexiteer5. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox - Key Brexiteer
6. International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt - Brexiteer7. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson - Remainer8. Director of European policy and former director of budget at DExEU, Catherine Webb9. Special adviser Ed de Minckwitz - Remainer

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10. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson - Key Brexiteer11. Home Secretary Sajid Javid - Remainer12. Director of the Treasury's Europe unit Jonathan Black13. HMRC second permanent secretary Jim Harra14. Education Secretary Damian Hinds - Remainer15. Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley - Remainer16. Chancellor Philip Hammond - Remainer17. Business, energy and industrial strategy minister Claire Perry - Remainer18. Immigration minister Caroline Nokes - Remainer
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