Non-EU net migration to United Kingdom overtakes net migration from EU

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On Thursday, Prime Minister Theresa May is hosting some of her top minister at her country retreat in an attempt to forge a consensus over the way ahead.

Last Friday, asked after talks with Mrs May in Berlin if she was frustrated by the UK's lack of clarity on Brexit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: "I am not frustrated".

Thursday's meeting involved members of a Brexit cabinet sub-committee including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who has called for a clean break with Brussels, and Finance Minister Philip Hammond, who favours closer ties. The future of the Irish border remains a controversial subject and one that is also set to be discussed.

Conservative Chief Whip Julian Smith, head of the civil service Sir Jeremy Heywood, Mrs May's Europe Adviser Olly Robbins and a number of senior Government officials joined the talks.

It will come after a meeting of her full Cabinet.

May hopes Britain can stay closely aligned with European Union on security policy. In a 58-page document on post-Brexit trading options, the European Commission dismissed the idea of three regulatory baskets as cherry-picking.

Membership of the EU Customs Union now means the United Kingdom is prohibited from negotiating independently with states outside of the bloc, as the 28 member states are required to negotiate internationally as if they were one country.

In trying please both wings of her party, the anti- and pro-EU factions, she risks displeasing both.

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"Preserving the integrity of the single market excludes sector-by-sector participation", it said.

Last week, 62 Tory MPs belonging to the European Research Group of eurosceptic backbenchers wrote to the Prime Minister demanding the United Kingdom have full control over regulations after Brexit and not become a "rule taker" from the EU.

Lengning transitional period, bringing it dangerously close to British legislative elections planned for June 2022, would be a toad hard to swallow for most Eurosceptic sector of Conservative Party.

The drop in the number of European Union citizens coming to the United Kingdom could not be attributed exclusively to Brexit, according to ONS, which said stronger economic growth in the eurozone over the past two to three years may also be helping European Union citizens find work closer to home.

It has been suggested Mr Corbyn could soon significantly soften Labour's approach to Brexit.

Prime Minister Theresa May has so far stood by her predecessor David Cameron's pledge to reduce net migration from around the world - the difference between the number of people coming to and leaving Britain - to the tens of thousands.

"That letter from Brexiteer eurosceptics has enraged many Tory Remainer rebels, or at least those who would contemplate staying in a customs union".