Published: Thu, September 13, 2018

United Kingdom focused on securing Brexit deal in October: PM May's spokesman

United Kingdom focused on securing Brexit deal in October: PM May's spokesman

"So, we all need to just be cautious in what we do and what we say, and support Theresa May (and) invite her to change the policy".

The plan for a special Brexit deal summit is likely to be unveiled during the course of the Salzburg gathering, two people said, with one suggesting the announcement could come even sooner.

If 80 of May's 315 lawmakers voted against a Brexit deal based on her proposals, the fate of the government and exit process would depend on the opposition Labour Party because she would not command the 320 votes needed to dominate parliament. Eurosceptics in her party say that would leave Britain subject to decisions in Brussels without any input.

Former Brexit Secretary David Davis, who quit the cabinet in July over May's European Union withdrawal plan, said: "I disagree with her on one issue - and it's this issue - and she should stay in place because we need stability and we need decent government". "We are not far from agreement".

"My view is they'll end up in a different place, a reset, after Salzburg", Davis added.

Hopes of a deal breakthrough have helped sterling to rally almost 2.5 percent from Wednesday's lows below $1.28 and tighten five-year credit default swaps by more than a basis point from a near 1-1/2 year high hit this month. If leaders agree at the September 20 meeting, diplomats expect a final set of guidelines to be formally adopted at the October summit of European Union leaders, setting the stage for a special Brexit summit in November, where the two sides would aim to conclude talks.

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday renewed a pledge of close trade and security ties with Britain after Brexit, but said the EU would not compromise on key withdrawal terms.

Being "realistic", Barnier said a Brexit deal can be reached within six or eight weeks and by early November.

The comments came amid open warfare in the Tory ranks following former foreign secretary Boris Johnson's comparison of the Government's Brexit strategy to placing the United Kingdom in a "suicide vest" and handing Brussels the detonator.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove - one of the leaders of the official Leave campaign who ran unsuccessfully against Mrs May - also rallied behind the Prime Minister. We have wrapped a suicide vest around the British constitution - and handed the detonator to Michel Barnier. Under Conservative rules, a leadership election is triggered if 15 percent of Conservative lawmakers, now 48 out of its 315 members of parliament (MPs), demand a vote of no confidence.

In a sign the Government remained committed to its plan, he told BBC's Andrew Marr Show: "I think the only deal that we've got on the table, that's the Chequers deal". "It'll be in November, when parliament votes on the deal", she said.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the ERG leader, said on Tuesday his group would unveil its proposal on Wednesday for how Britain could leave the European Union without constructing a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, one of the main sticking points in securing a Brexit deal. The British government has rejected similar proposals in the past.

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