No-deal Brexit would not be a disaster, says Fox

No-deal Brexit would not be a disaster, says Fox

In the strongest comments yet that the bloc was unwilling to renegotiate further, European Council President Donald Tusk said the proposed deal was the best one possible.

She added however that if the deal is rejected, "some people would need to take some practical steps in relation to no deal".

After days of debates they will vote on the plan she agreed with Brussels after months of brutal talks, both with the European Union and members of her own Government.

But as the resignation of her thoughtful and phlegmatic universities minister, Sam Gyimah, shows, if she does not show leadership in pointing towards an alternative and plausible route to Brexit, there is now a high risk she will completely lose control of events.

Speaking to a parliamentary committee, May was asked several times whether she would personally allow a disorderly Brexit to happen if - as looks increasingly likely - MPs vote down the deal she has struck with the EU.

Mr Tusk said in Buenos Aires Friday morning: "Many leaders will certainly have questions about Brexit, therefore let me say this". If you voted Brexit - this isn't Brexit.

What is no longer working, as a threat to coral MPs into line, is the idea that the rejection of her plan will lead to a no-deal Brexit.

"Even before we get to new trade opportunities afforded by new trade agreements there are still considerable export opportunities for British businesses to exploit in existing markets", he said.

As you will know, up to 6 options for the UK's future will be voted on in the House of Commons on 11th December.

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"I ask every member of Parliament to think about delivering on the Brexit vote and doing it in a way that is in the national interest and doing it in a way that is in the interests of their constituents because it protects jobs and livelihoods".

Dr Fox was reported to be among a group of five Cabinet ministers seeking to tweak Mrs May's Withdrawal Agreement before MPs vote on December 11. "What I see from Labour is an attempt to frustrate what the government is doing to deliver Brexit for the British people".

Ms. May visited Scotland earlier to garner support for the Brexit deal, which she says, is good for all parts of the United Kingdom.

"It is expressly referenced in the deal that we have negotiated with the EU".

Dr Fox said that reactions to Whitehall analysis showing that withdrawing from the European Union without an agreement would have severe economic consequences had been "overblown".

In a bid to prevent a no-deal exit, Labour's Hilary Benn has tabled an amendment to the Government Brexit motion with cross-party support including prominent Tory Sarah Wollaston.

He also warned that the vote could be a "humiliating defeat" for the ruling Tory Party, especially with numerous backbenchers publicly expressing their opposition and threatening to vote against it in parliament.

She added: "The view I have had from farmers, employers and sector organisations and others in my trips around the country is that they recognise the importance of this deal and they support this deal".

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