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'UK cabinet more united on Brexit than critics think'

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A photo still of Amber Rudd at BBC's Andrew Marr Show.

Britain’s Interior Minister says the British government's main aim is to maintain “frictionless trade” with the European Union, be free to strike trade deals with other nations and avoid a hard border with Ireland.

In an interview with the state-funded BBC, Amber Rudd claimed the UK economy will grow after leaving the European bloc.

Rudd’s claim comes at a time a leaked government report has revealed the UK will be worse off in all possible scenarios after leaving the European Union.

Rudd also maintained that the UK government is more united on Brexit than many say.

"I have a surprise for the Brexiteers, which is that the [government] committee that meets in order to help make these decisions… is more united than they think," she told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show.

Her remarks are a reaction to increasing tensions in Prime Minister Theresa May's government around the idea of Britain remaining part of a customs union with the EU. May is facing growing calls to set out in detail how closely-bound the UK will be to the EU after it leaves the bloc.

Regardless of Rudd’s assurances, cabinet divisions have opened up around the idea of Britain remaining part of a potential customs union with the EU after Brexit.

Remaining in the EU customs union is backed by “Remain” supporters like Chancellor Philip Hammond, but opposed by Brexiteers including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Liam Fox, the international trade secretary, causing discord in the May cabinet.

This is all while calls are growing by anti-Brexit campaign groups for a second referendum and giving the Parliament and the electorate a chance to reconsider the decision to leave the EU once it is clear what kind of deal Prime Minister Theresa May has been able to negotiate.

Negotiations are taking place between the UK and the EU ahead of Britain’s scheduled exit in March 2019.

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