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The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has published the two-dozen top real-world questions being asked on Brexit by businesses across the United Kingdom - and says the government has managed to make limited progress on just 2 of the 23 issues where clarity is urgently needed so that firms can plan their trade following the UK's departure from the EU.

There is speculation the PM could be about to lay out plans for such a "soft Brexit".

Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan accused him of "insolence", claiming his comments risked "debasing" the Government, Tory Party and the country as a whole.

Prime Minister Theresa May has called on her Conservative Party to "stand together" over Brexit, days before a crunch meeting she hopes will overcome bitter rifts over how Britain should leave the European Union.

In a podcast for the ConservativeHome website, he said there had been a "breakdown in collective responsibility" in the Cabinet, with pro-EU ministers openly promoting solutions "against the Prime Minister's speeches, against the position formally of the Cabinet and against the manifesto".

"At least he did so for a policy that works".

He said: "At Chequers, Mrs May must stick to her righteous cause and deliver what she has said she would".

"We know some of you want to be the future party leader", she pointedly added.

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China's customs agency said on its website that Chinese tariffs on USA goods would immediately be implemented in retaliation. Average pump prices in the USA are up 13 percent this year, rising above $3 a gallon in April for the first time since 2014.

"But as the prime minister has said, we can't give a running commentary in public on a matter where we are in intensive discussions with our European interlocutors".

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today said the EU stood firmly with Ireland in Brexit talks, just ahead of a crunch United Kingdom cabinet meeting which he said the bloc will follow closely.

The leading business organisation is calling on the United Kingdom government to draw a line under internal political debate and deliver urgent clarity on the practical, detailed issues that underpin trade - or face a continued deterioration in investment intentions and confidence as the clock ticks down to the October deadline to complete the UK's Withdrawal Agreement.

Downing Street would not be drawn on separate reports that the cabinet will be presented with a new option for post Brexit customs in a bid to break the deadlock over the Irish border and trade with the EU.

Their "max fac" alternative would, rather than scrapping customs checks, use now non-existent technology to minimise the need for them.

On Monday, May called on European Union leaders to show flexibility and look "seriously" at the UK's Brexit plans.

She said: "The EU and its member states will want to consider our proposals seriously".