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The document - which prompted the resignations of David Davis, Boris Johnson and Steve Baker - proposes the United Kingdom would maintain "frictionless trade" with the European Union by mirroring its customs rules, and confirms the Government wants a close relationship with the European Union on goods and agri-foods.

Should access be withdrawn for some reason, the white paper says there should be a "structured withdrawal process including a period of consultation", with clear timelines and notice periods that are "appropriate for the scale of the change before it takes effect".

However the plans released on Friday were only a curtain-raiser ahead of tomorrow's White Paper and most European Union capitals say it largely amounts to cherry-picking elements of the Single Market.

Speaking at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Prime Minister May insisted that her Chequers deal delivered on the "red lines" that she set out in her Lancaster House speech previous year.

No more detail of this was given by officials on Thursday morning, says the BBC's Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg, but they rejected suggestions that it could open the door to freedom of movement for workers.

This has angered some Conservative backbenchers, who say it will prevent the United Kingdom from having its own independent trade policy, and they want to see the Chequers blueprint rewritten. The UK is proposing a "joint institutional framework" to provide for the consistent interpretation and application of UK-EU arrangements.

And it is a compromise, which by its very nature, can't please everyone.

Both of these elements will be subject to the upcoming negotiation.

The government's aim is to preserve free trade in that part of the economy and avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said it has been a good week for the Brexit process despite the resignations that followed the publication of Theresa May's Chequers proposals.

British citizens or businesses would no longer be able to take issues to the European Court of Justice - and the court would no longer be able to make judgements on United Kingdom cases.

The European Court of Justice will no longer have jurisdiction in the United Kingdom but the United Kingdom courts will have to pay "due regard" to its rulings.

The paper confirms that the United Kingdom will not seek "mutual recognition" in the services sector, which makes up the vast majority of the economy.

But the White Paper accepts that the European Court of Justice will be "the interpreter of EU rules" that the United Kingdom has agreed to follow in the "common rule book".

A leaked version of an earlier draft of the White Paper, put together by the Brexit department under David Davis, envisaged that there would be such an arrangement.

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