The Prime Minister is today chairing a meeting of her cabinet in which leading pro-Brexit ministers such as International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit Secretary David Davis are expected to push for Mrs.
Downing Street has spent the last few days intensely lobbying ministers including David Davis, Liam Fox and Boris Johnson on the benefits of the so-called hybrid model, under which the United Kingdom would collect European Union import tariffs on behalf of Brussels.
A succession of senior ministers challenged her over this plan in Wednesday's meeting.
One of the government's preferred options - a "customs partnership" - has faced heavy criticism from Brexiteers.
LONDON - Britain will face a stark choice when it comes to trade after Brexit: either stay closely aligned with the European Union or negotiate a comprehensive agreement with the United States of America.
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In parliament, May said there were a number of ways to solve the customs issue, in what seemed to suggest that her government could be looking beyond the two proposals already made. "The reality is pretty stark - David Davis is clueless".
Worldwide trade secretary Liam Fox has hinted he could quit if Mrs May tries to keep Britain in a customs union. He refused to deny that he might be prepared to resign if the government pressed ahead.
"This is a paper that has been produced on a specific aspect of policy that would not work, that would not effectively take us out of the European Union. I think it would one be one concession too many". Brexiteers say the United Kingdom would still effectively be in the customs union and it would be more hard to freely negotiate worldwide deals. "That's not what the public voted for", Fox told the BBC.
An option favoured by Remainers, goods coming to Britain would be electronically tracked by British officials.
"Why on earth would he accept your membership of the customs union that involved our ability to do free trade agreements?" Ministers opposed to a hard Brexit, including chancellor Philip Hammond and business secretary Greg Clark, spoke in favour of it.
Her spokesman said earlier this week the government would "move forward with a single option", but the question is when? "So, there's a variety of mechanisms, but they don't require border infrastructure".
Cooper added that even if technology did make a border in Ireland frictionless, this would not remove the need for rules of origin checks, outside of the customs union.