Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
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Brexit: PM says 'it's either my deal or no deal'

Brexit: PM says 'it's either my deal or no deal'

"We have to do everything possible to avoid a hard Brexit and to make possible that there will be a strong cooperation between the United Kingdom and the European Union", Kurz said Monday ahead of talks with French President Emmanuel Macron.

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said Theresa May calculated that faced with a "binary choice" of the Chequers deal or no deal, Brexiteers would not have the "chutzpah to say "no way" and Remainers would decide that carrying on fighting the plan would be too risky.

Meanwhile, former foreign secretary Boris Johnson fired his latest attack on her plan in his weekly newspaper column, claiming it would usher in "foreign rule" for the first time since the Norman conquest in the 11th century.

She said at every stage the DUP had made this clear to the Prime Minister and Mr Barnier.

In its annual assessment of the United Kingdom economy, the International Monetary Fund said that all likely Brexit scenarios would "entail costs", but a disorderly departure could lead to "a significantly worse outcome". As part of the EU, Britain now enjoys the freedom of goods, services, money and people to move across borders with 27 other countries in the region.

May has told the BBC in an interview scheduled for broadcast Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, that she gets "irritated" by the debate over her leadership during Brexit negotiations.

The EU's backstop proposal has been rejected by the UK because it effectively creates a customs border in the Irish sea, while the UK's plan was rejected by the UK because it was temporary and applied to the whole of the UK, rather than only Northern Ireland.

Like with most things related to the United Kingdom breaking ties with the European Union, it is certainly still not a straightforward situation.


With May's plans in doubt, many British ministers have outlined the damage that they say a disorderly "no-deal" Brexit would do to the world's fifth-largest economy and its reputation as a politically stable haven for investment.

Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29. They don't want a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Gove said the responsibility was now with Brussels "because we've shown flexibility".

A second referendum, dubbed a "people's vote" by its proponents, is not Labour party policy, although finance spokesman John McDonnell said last month that no option should be off the table.

Theresa May said on Sunday she was focused on her plan for a relationship with the European Union based on a common rulebook for all goods, and that she was "a little bit irritated" by constant speculation about her position.

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

Hunt was a passionate Remain support during the 2016 referendum but has since U-turned, saying earlier this month that his "views had changed" since getting his new cabinet post and Brexit was "vital".

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