"We have a problem in that really there are only two viable options. One is a high-access, low-control arrangement which looks a bit like the EEA. The other is a low-access, high-control arrangement where you eventually end up looking like Ceta – a more classic free trade agreement, if you are lucky," an official told The Guardian.
Reports of the Whitehall's changing mood over Brexit since general election was confirmed by at least two other officials at the Department for Exiting the European Union and the Treasury, with ministers forced to choose between prioritizing the country's economic interests or sovereignty, the newspaper reported.
At the same time, a spokesman for the Brexit department denied the claims, stressing that the approach outlined in UK Prime Minister Theresa May's Lancaster House speech remained the country's official strategy, according to The Guardian.