Furious Tory Brexiteers demanded Rishi Sunak and Jeremy Hunt personally deny claims that they want to move the UK politically and economically closer to the EU.
The Prime Minister and Chancellor reportedly want to put the UK on the path to a ‘Swiss-style’ relationship with Brussels to boost trade.
Switzerland and the EU have a close economic relationship based on a series of bilateral agreements, giving the country direct access to parts of the EU’s internal market including the free movement of people.
No10 and ministers have denied there are any such plans since the story first emerged in the Sunday Times, albeit without any freedom of movement involved.
Immigration minister Robert Jenrick was the latest this morning when he said there was ‘no question whatsoever’ of the UK reopening the ‘fundamental tenets’ of its deal with the EU.
But backbenchers are demanding the same denials from the PM – a Brexiteer in 2016 and the Chancellor, who backed Remain.
Sir Iain Duncan Smith told the…