UK PM tells rebels: It’s my Brexit deal or no deal

Virginia Carson
September 18, 2018

May's former foreign minister, Boris Johnson, attacked May's Brexit plans, known as Chequers after the country house where they were hashed out in July, as a "political auto crash".

A major obstacle facing Britain as it negotiates its exit from the EU, including the single market and customs union, is future arrangements for the border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK.

Daily Mail readers are increasingly pessimistic about the state of Brexit negotiations, with only a quarter of them believing it is likely that Britain will get a good deal with the European Union and 86% of them agreeing that the process of leaving the European Union "has been a mess".

Speaking to BBC Panorama, she said: "I think that the alternative to that will be having no deal".

Trade Secretary Liam Fox said on Sky News that the Prime Minister is "doing a great job in hard circumstances", and that supporting her "is in our national interest".

Failure to get a deal would lead to a contraction, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said.

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Former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Monday that newspaper reports of Brussels proposing a technical fix to the issue of the Irish border could allow for a breakthrough on reaching a Brexit deal.

Speaking to Al Jazeera, Thom Brooks, professor and dean at Durham University in the United Kingdom, said he "can't believe" Britain is faced with such alarming International Monetary Fund reports with only six months until Brexit.

The report also said the Treasury and Bank of England should be prepared for the possibility of "sharp declines in sterling and other asset prices" and the Bank should be ready to act to ensure the financial system has adequate liquidity.

Diane Dodds MEP said it was unclear whether Brussels' proposals would represent a serious departure from the EU's "dogmatic" stance or were "simply meant to dress up existing elements of its plan".

Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg told LBC the prime minister should "try a bit harder" to get a better deal.

Meanwhile Environment Secretary Michael Gove told the BBC that Mrs May's Brexit proposal was "the right one for now".

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He told the BBC a future prime minister could alter the relationship between the United Kingdom and the EU.

Britain is due to the leave the EU on March 29, but with May's Brexit plans still not accepted, some British lawmakers, as well as union and business leaders, are arguing that voters should have one last say on any deal struck with Brussels.

According to a Comres survey, 50% of British adults feel the overall impact will be negative, whereas 41% think it will be positive.

Despite this, they are still overwhelmingly in favour of exiting the European Union, with two-thirds saying they would vote to leave if the vote was re-run tomorrow, according to a major new poll examining the attitudes of newspaper and website readers towards Brexit.

In the interview, to be fully aired as part of the BBC " s "Panorama' programme on Monday night in the United Kingdom, the premier also issues an ultimatum to critics who have questioned her strategy on Brexit.

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