TORIES have been bickering over whether or not the UK should opt for a a soft Brexit since the referendum.
Negotiations between the Government and the EU began on June 19 – but what is the difference between a soft and hard Brexit?
What is a soft Brexit?
As six senior Conservatives argued for closer links between Britain and the EU they also said Labour and other parties should have a say in the final deal.
The Tory manifesto vowed to withdraw Britain from the single market and the customs union, so that we can end free immigration and quit the EU court.
But Labour has not signed up to that approach, raising the prospect that cross-party talks could lead to a softer form of Brexit which might anger many Leave voters.
A soft Brexit would see the UK have a similar membership of the European Economic Area to that of Norway.
This would mean the country would still have access to the single market, while being able to make deals without the rest of the EU.
It would also see the UK stay within the EU customs union – meaning exports would not be subject to border checks or tariffs.
And a softer Brexit could see the UK making payments into EU budgets and accepting the “four freedoms” of movement of goods, services, capital and people.
Free access for European nationals to work and settle in the UK would also continue.
Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has agreed to pursue further talks with Tory and Labour MPs over finding a compromise between his plan to stay in the Customs Union and their “Norway-Plus” style Brexit that would keep Britain in the Single Market as of March 20.
Mr Corbyn’s spokesman said they held “detailed discussions” with Tory MPs Nick Boles and Oliver Letwin and Labour MPs Lucy Powell and Stephen Kinnock over their plans for a Common Market 2.0.
Labour said in a statement afterwards: “They discussed how to build greater support on areas of agreement between Labour’s alternative plan and Common Market 2.0 and find possible areas of compromise.”
How would it be different to a hard Brexit?
A hard Brexit would take Britain out of Europe’s single market.
It could also see Britain leave the trade agreement completely, allowing us to strike up deals with other nations around the globe.
Anti-EU voices insist a hard Brexit must be met to satisfy the wishes of the Brexit referendum vote.
That would mean Britain severs all formal free trade ties with the continent, leaving it free to negotiate new trade links with countries including the USA, China, India and Commonwealth states.
Mrs May had also said no deal would be better than a bad deal, when planning to carve out a hard Brexit.
What is the latest on Brexit?
After Mrs May’s Brexit deal was been voted down twice in the Commons, she announced talks with Corbyn.
The pair will be knocking their heads together to try and find a solution to the Brexit deadlock – paving the way for a much softer version of our EU exit and ruling out No Deal for good.
Mrs May added if the two leaders fail to find a compromise, she will put a number of options to Parliament and agree to carry out whatever MPs agree.
But there are fears Mrs May’s surprise “unity” move could see her cave in to Labour’s demands for a customs union and guarantees on workers’ rights – even after Britain has left the EU.