Controversial Brexit blueprint to be published as Dominic Raab insists it will offer 'principled and practical' split from EU

Fiona Simpson

The Government’s long-awaited blueprint detailing the UK’s relationship with the EU is set to be published with ministers insisting it will help deliver a “principled and practical” Brexit.

Ahead of the release of a much-anticipated white paper detailing the Brexit plan hammered out at a special Cabinet summit at Chequers, new Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab will promise “frictionless cross-border trade”.

He insisted the controversial plan which led David David and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to resign would “respect the result” of the Brexit referendum.

The proposals have already caused outrage among many Leave supporters.

In a foreword to the white paper to be published on Thursday, Mr Raab is expected to say: "In line with our modern industrial strategy, this Government is determined to make sure the UK is ready to lead the industries of the future and seize the opportunities of global trade.

"At the same time, we need to cater for the deeply-integrated supply chains that criss-cross the UK and the EU, and which have developed over our 40 years of membership.

"The plan outlined in this white paper delivers this balance.

Boris Johnson quit as Foreign Scretary this week over Brexit (EPA)

"It would take the UK out of the single market and the customs unio

"It would give the UK the flexibility we need to strike new trade deals around the world, in particular breaking new ground for agreements in services.

"It would maintain frictionless trade in goods between the UK and the EU through a new free trade area, responding to the needs of business.

Jeremy Hunt has been named as new Foreign Secretary (Getty Images)

"It would deliver on both sides' commitments to Northern Ireland and Ireland, avoiding a hard border without compromising the EU's autonomy or the UK's sovereignty.

"Alongside this unprecedented economic partnership, we also want to build an unrivalled security partnership, and an unparalleled partnership on cross-cutting issues like data, and science and innovation.

David Davis resigned as Brexit Secretary after two years in the post (Getty Images)

"And to bolster this cooperation, we will need a new model of working together that allows the relationship to function smoothly on a day-to-day basis, and respond and adapt to new threats and global shifts while taking back control over our laws.

"The white paper details our proposal in all of these areas, setting out a comprehensive vision for the future relationship.

"It is a vision that respects the result of the referendum, and delivers a principled and practical Brexit."

Additional reporting by Press Association.