EU Wants to Lock UK to Divorce Deal, Block Future Renegotiation

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May also insisted no other plan on the table would ensure "frictionless" trade on the island of Ireland.

The prime minister did admit that under "no-deal there would be some short-term disruption".

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox - another top Leaver in the cabinet - said Brussels had made "reassuring noises" in recent weeks on the Brexit talks.

He told Panorama: "It's not viable".

"It's ensuring that we get that good deal from the European Union which is good for people in the United Kingdom, wherever they live in the United Kingdom, that's what's important for us".

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.

Tusk also warns that a "no-deal scenario" remains "quite possible", but finishes his letter by saying: "If we all act responsibly, we can avoid a catastrophe".

The IMF said those kind of deals would not offset the drag to the economy from leaving the EU.

Finance Minister Philip Hammond told senior ministers last week that Brexit could have to be delayed beyond March 29 in order to pass new laws, The Sun newspaper said on Saturday.

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".

Theresa May
MPs warned of dire consequences for the UK economy

Mrs May set out her proposals for the key issue of cross-border trade after a Chequers summit in July, but it has been fiercely criticised by some Brexiteers who say plans for a "common rulebook" on goods would compromise the UK's sovereignty.

Attempting to assert control over a fractious party and faltering Brexit negotiations, May told the BBC that if rebel lawmakers shoot down a deal between her government and the European Union, "the alternative to that will be having no deal".

Asked about her plans to stay in the job, she said: "This is where I get a little bit irritated".

However, the plan faced criticism from within her own party, and triggered the resignation of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who recently referred to her plans as a "suicide vest".

May has proposed that Britain follow European Union rules in trade in goods after Brexit, to protect manufacturing supply lines and avoid a "hard border" between Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland.

"The DUP remains firmly opposed to the core tenet of the original plan published by Michel Barnier which would see Northern Ireland remain tied to European Union rules and cut adrift from the rest of the United Kingdom post-Brexit".

"We will not countenance anything which affects the constitutional position of Northern Ireland within the Union, creates barriers to and within the United Kingdom internal market or erects barriers in customs or regulation".

"You don't solve the issue of no hard border by having a hard border 20km inside Ireland", she said.

Nick Clegg, the former deputy prime minister, said it was a "con trick" to claim the only options were Chequers or no deal.

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