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Summary

  1. Agreement includes proposal for UK-EU free trade area for goods
  2. The government will look for a different arrangement for services
  3. Freedom of movement will come to an end under proposals
  4. Michel Barnier says EU will now discuss whether plans are "realistic"

Live Reporting

By Hamish Mackay

All times stated are UK

Thank you and goodnight

That's all from us on the BBC live page after a night when the government's proposals left few happy - but did at least appear to leave Britain with a united cabinet.

You can read the full story of the cabinet's collective agreement here...

...and you can read analysis from our political editor here.

Bill Cash 'deeply disappointed'

Arch-Brexiteer Sir Bill Cash tells Evan Davis on Newsnight he is "deeply disappointed" by tonight's proposals. And he has "grave doubts" that the EU negotiators will accept them.

Tomorrow's front pages

As you would expect, tomorrow's newspaper front pages differ in their understanding of this evening's revelations.

The Guardian's headline suggests ministers have "no clue" while the Telegraph praises May's "victory".

The Daily Star, meanwhile, decides the Brexit news is not even worthy of its front page, preferring instead to focus on the potential shortage of bananas, which it calls "our yellow curvy favourite".

You can see all of tomorrow's front pages here.

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Cautious backing from Remain MP

Meanwhile, remain-voter Dominic Grieve tells BBC 2's Newsnight: "If the government can achieve the same result as being in the customs union through negotiation by another means, then that would be a possibility."

Brussels goes crazy...

...but it's got nothing to with the UK's Brexit plans.

Cabinet unity may be cause for celebration in the UK - but in Belgium most of the population seems preoccupied with their national team beating Brazil in the World Cup.

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One burning question

Former No 10 director of communications and David Cameron hire Craig Oliver isn't impressed by tonight's cabinet agreement.

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It's not just Brexiteers who aren't happy

Labour MP Chuka Umunna, a supporter of the People's Vote campaign for a referendum on the final Brexit deal, is another who seems unhappy with tonight's announcement.

He complained the UK has been "left with yet another behind-closed-doors stitch-up that would leave us all worse off and which doesn't resolve many of the fundamental problems created by Brexit".

He added: "This only confirms how important it is that we have a People's Vote on whatever botched Brexit deal the government comes up with, so the people of this country can decide whether or not it's good enough."

Chuka Umunna
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Recap - what exactly has been agreed?

The cabinet has reached a "collective" agreement on the basis of the UK's future relationship with the EU after Brexit.

Ministers have signed up to a plan to create a free trade area for industrial and agricultural goods with the bloc, based on a "common rule book".

They also supported what could amount to a "combined customs territory".

You can read full details of tonight's Chequers statement here.

A bad day for Aston Taxis....

The BBC's Laura Kuenssberg says cabinet members are starting to leave the prime minister's country house in their ministerial cars. A taxi company was on standby during the day for any ministers who decided they couldn't accept Mrs May's proposals. As it happened, none were needed.

Lib Dem reaction

Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable says that while Brexiteer ministers may have signed up to the proposals, they might still be hoping to get "their hard Brexit served on a plate".

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Collective responsibility

This from Times journalist Sam Coates, who has spotted a not-so-veiled warning in the PM's letter....

This from Theresa May’s letter to Tory MPs tonight is significant 

One word of criticism and you’re out...

This from Theresa May’s letter to Tory MPs tonight is significant One word of criticism and you’re out...

Tory MP turns to prayer

Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns, who quit as a ministerial aide earlier this year to campaign against a soft Brexit, has expressed reservations, tweeting:

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Brexit grub

For those curious as to how cabinet members sustained themselves during today's talks, lunch consisted of BBQ chicken thighs, a "wheat-beets-squash" salad and feta, a Chequers estate new potato salad, estate-grown mixed leaves with summer tomato salad and pomegranate dressings. Pudding: Chequers scones with clotted cream and estate strawberry jam, Graham's sticky tea loaf and a fruit platter. Followed by a formal three-course dinner this evening.

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'Victory for Remainers'

The Daily Telegraph, which campaigned for Brexit, says the plan appears to be "a significant victory for Remainers in the cabinet, as it keeps Britain closely aligned with the customs union and single market".

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Reaction from Labour

As with Mr Barnier, Labour's shadow Brexit minister Keir Starmer seems to be reserving his judgement until the White Paper is published.

He tweeted: "Let’s wait to see the detail; and whether it survives contact with Tory MPs & members. Lots of obvious gaps."

Keir Starmer
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Crunch talks

Here's the cabinet in today's meeting at Chequers. While Mrs May talks, Brexit Secretary David Davis can be seen staring at a folder full of notes, with his back to the Prime Minister

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Soft Brexit 'threat to May'

The prime minister may have won over her cabinet, but the Daily Mail claims a soft Brexit could cost the Tories the next election.

The paper says voters will "desert her if her deal goes too far".

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Farage not happy

The former UKIP leader condemns the proposals as a "sell out". And he isn't complementary about his fellow Brexiteers in the Tory party either.

This Brexit strategy is a sell-out to the global corporates, as it was during Maastricht. The Tory Eurosceptics are a waste of space.

CBI backs proposals

First reaction in from the CBI's Carolyn Fairbairn: "Business will welcome the fact the government has reached agreement. This is a genuine confidence boost and the prime minister deserves credit for delivering a unified approach."

Barnier responds

The first reaction is in from the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, who says he and his colleagues will now discuss whether the UK's proposals are "realistic".

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The 'Chequers statement'

BBC political correspondent Chris Mason has tweeted pictures of the document itself, with key sections highlighted.

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'The deal is done'

Laura Kuenssberg

BBC political editor

The deal is done. Or at least the deal that allows this fraught and complicated process to move to the next stage.

Downing Street is claiming tonight that by agreeing the Chequers Statement, that the UK now has a new offer to put to the EU: an evolved and credible set of proposals to put to the rest of the continent.

It is not the clean break that many Brexiteers had argued for.

It envisages an end to unlimited EU immigration yes, but sketches out a very close relationship with regard to EU law for much of the economy, and a complicated, but shared approach to customs where the UK and the rest of the continent will work closely together.

Read the rest of Laura's blog here.

Some Brexiteers are cross

The "softest form of Brexit" according to Westminster blogger Guido Fawkes

The Cabinet has backed the softest form of Brexit, with the UK becoming a rule-taker on goods and agri-foods and fa… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

'Brexit victory' for May

The Times says the prime minister has claimed "Brexit victory" - and adds that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson "will be sacked" if he rebels again.

The front page of the Financial Times adds that Mrs May has won backing for a "soft Brexit".

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Will EU negotiators like the proposals?

There's no news yet on what EU negotiators like Michel Barnier (pictured) will think of the proposed deal, but the prime minister said she has been talking to European leaders “over the last week or so”.

She believes the proposals will be “good for the UK and good for the EU”.

Mrs May added she looked forward to the plan being “received positively” by the EU.

Michel Barnier
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The '12 key principles' behind the plan

Downing Street has tweeted a video of what it says are the "key principles" behind the new proposals.

They include an end to the free movement of people and an end to sending "vast amounts of money" to the EU.

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Proposals ‘likely to anger’ Brexiteers

Laura Kuenssberg

BBC political editor

The document is likely to anger many Tory Brexiteers, and will be pored over in the coming days.

The government is publishing the agreement as an official document - but it is not yet clear how many objections were raised.

Number 10 will hope that this new commitment will unlock the next phase of talks with the rest of the EU.

The final political agreement is due in mid October.

‘Important step’ for UK

Mrs May said this was an "important step" in the process of negotiating the UK's smooth exit from the EU.

"Of course we still have work to do with the EU in ensuring that we get to that end point in October," she said.

"But this is good we have come today, following our detailed discussions, to a positive future for the UK.

Theresa May
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Welcome

Good evening and welcome to the BBC’s live page as Prime Minister Theresa May announces her cabinet has agreed a “collective position for the future of our negotiations with the EU".

Here are the main points:

  • The UK will call for a UK-EU free trade area with a “common rule book” for industrial goods and agricultural products
  • However, the UK will ask for a different deal for services
  • The common rule book for freedom of movement as it stands will come to an end under the plan
  • The plan proposes that that UK would be able to control its own tariffs and develop an independent trade policy