UK's Raab says confident of clinching a Brexit deal


A threatened rebellion from Brexiteer ministers demanding that Mrs May seek a looser, Canada-style deal with the European Union failed to materialise after she told colleagues to hold their nerve in the face of opposition from Brussels.

Her Cabinet meeting came as the Department for Exiting the EU (Dexeu) released its guidance for the United Kingdom under no deal, including the warning of possible disruption to flights and coach services in and out of Europe.

JACOB REES-MOGG channelled his inner Mary Poppins yesterday as he urged Theresa May to seek a Canada-style free trade deal with the EU.

Mr Hunt said: 'Insulting Mrs May on social media, getting to these stand-offs where you are calling people liars and so on is not the way that we are going to get a solution to this hard situation'.

Pressed on the issue of another referendum (a tricky one for Labour, with many of its supporters voting for Brexit) by the BBC's Andrew Marr on Sunday, Corbyn said he would back party members if they wanted another European Union vote, although he said he'd prefer to have a general election.

Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson endorsed the report as "a very good piece of work".

He added: 'We're now, bluntly, in a cul-de-sac.' But Confederation of British Industry director Carolyn Fairburn warned a Canada-style deal would create friction at borders, would not solve the Irish border and would damage supply chains affecting thousands of jobs.

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Theresa May has told her Cabinet "now is the time to hold our nerve" as Brexit negotiations have reached a "critical" stage.

"From day one, the prime minister has looked incapable of delivering a good Brexit deal for Britain", Corbyn said.

They also provided guidance on areas such as taking pets overseas, veterinary medicines, regulating energy and labelling products.

Mrs May said the Government's White Paper remained the only plan on the table which achieves the goals of frictionless trade and an open border in Ireland.

Ahead of the meeting at No. 10 there had been media speculation of differing opinions among some of her top team, with claims that some ministers wanted her to abandon the plan agreed in July at a meeting at her country retreat Chequers.

May's aides have reportedly already begun to draw up contingency plans for a snap election, the Sunday Times reported, citing two senior members at Downing Street.