But MPs who campaigned to leave the EU – and were backed by 52 per cent of the electorate – said the plan was more like a trial separation than a divorce and they refused to accept “Brexit Lite”.
John Redwood, a former Cabinet member under John Major, said Britain did not vote for a “slightly beefed-up version” of David Cameron’s renegotiations with the EU.
During the EU Referendum campaign, former Prime Minister Mr Cameron agreed on concessions with the EU if Britain voted to remain.
They included an “emergency brake” which would allow any member country to limit access to in-work benefits for new EU immigrants.
Following the result on June 24, those concessions were scrapped.