The cross-party talks on the UK’s exit from the EU were undertaken by the previous administration. These talks explored aspects of the Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration and sought to reach a compromise, but at the time, this was unsuccessful. The then Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, the Rt hon member for Aylesbury, and the hon member for Holborn and St Pancras gave evidence in July to the EU Select Committee on those talks:
We want to get a deal. This is why we have put forward a serious offer to the EU. It is a fair and reasonable compromise for all sides that respects the referendum. This new proposal means we will take back control of our laws and our borders, protect the Good Friday Agreement and the peace process, and ensures democratic consent for the arrangement.