The handwritten note, believed to have been written by Julia Dockerill, Mark Field”s chief of staff, after attending a Brexit meeting with MP Mark Field, said: “We think it”s unlikely we”ll be offered single market.”
In a worrying remark for those who voted for Brexit on the grounds of abolishing the EU”s free movement of people, the very next line says “our position is clear: the more open the better”.
A document snapped by photographers in Downing Street being carried by an aide to Tory vice chairman Mark Field has shown that the government is “loath” to accept the transitional exit plan being promoted by Bank of England governor Mark Carney.
In another blow to Remoaners the A4 page of notes also reveals that ministers think it is “unlikely” for Britain to be allowed to stay in the Single Market when it leaves the EU.
Remaining in the single market would mean accepting free movement from the EU, being under control of the European Court of Justice and having to pay into Brussels ballooning budget.
Another shocking revelation from the leaked notepad is that Britain”s trade deals in the wake of Brexit will be handled by the Department for Exiting the European Union and not the Department for International Trade – raising questions about Liam Fox”s continued role in Government.
Express.co.uk have contacted Liam Fox, the DIT and DEXU and are awaiting comment.
The memo suggests that the Government’s strategy is to “have cake and eat it” but raises concerns that it could be undermined by the “difficult” French negotiating team.
The document also suggests that the “implementation” of Article 50, which will formally trigger Brexit the road to independence from Brussels, is likely to be “difficult”.
It also says that Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, “wants to see what deal looks like first” but makes it clear Britain “won’t provide more detail”.
The document may prove to be damaging for Britain”s international relations and outlined reasons to say “no” to a trade relationship similar to the one the EU has with Norway.
The document has also revealed that the preferred option is a Canada Plus deal first proposed by Tory MEP David Campbell Bannerman, a European Parliament trade committee member, in the Daily Express.
The idea, which is also popular among many on the continent, would see an improved version of the trade deal recently agreed with Canada which involves tariff free access for most goods and services.
While a deal on manufacturing is said to be “straightfoward” not least because the German’s biggest car market is Britain, there are concerns that financial services would be “harder”.
Meanwhile, it makes it clear that staying in the European Economic Area, which also includes Switzerland and Norway, would be “not good” and specifically appears to reject a Norway style solution.
Norway”s model could be dead in the water because it would be subject to the European courts.
Writing on the sheet of A4 paper shows control of borders and not having to adhere to the European Court of Justice are key factors in negotiations.
It also states: “Manufacturing will be relatively straightforward.”
This could be good news for those working in the industrial sector, with many more deals similar to the one the Government recently struck with Nissan potentially on the way.
It is the first serious indication of the Government”s Brexit stance because, until now, Theresa May has refused to reveal her hand and only been able to say: “Brexit means Brexit.”
The memo says: “Difficult on Article 50 implementation – Barnier wants to see what deal looks like first.
“Got to be done in parallel – 20 odd negotiations. Keep the two years. Won’t provide more detail.
“We think it’s unlikely we’ll be offered Single Market. Manufacturing relatively straightfoward.
“Transitional – loath to do it. Whitehall will hold onto it. We need to bring an end to negotiations.”
Last night ministers tried to play the memo down.
A Government spokesperson said: “These individual notes do not belong to a Government official or a special adviser. They do not reflect the Government”s position in relation to Brexit negotiations.”
But the Government has refused to tell Express.co.uk whether the Department for Internation Trade will have any involvement in Brexit trade deals, what it meant by “very French”, who the individual holding the paper is or what it means by “more open the better”.
Ms Dockerill is the Tory aide at the centre of the Brexit revelations.
Ms Dockerill, who described herself as an “Essex girl” on Facebook, has served as the Conservative councillor for the St Katharine”s & Wapping ward in the Tower Hamlets borough of London since May 2014.
She has been Mark Fiel MP”s chief of staff for more than five years.
Her interests are listed online as being photography, exploring London and “travelling to unusual places”.