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

They include Michael Gove, environment secretary, and Geoffrey Cox, the attorney-general, who will try to persuade Eurosceptic MPs that the contentious Irish "backstop" will not lead to the United Kingdom being tied to the European Union forever.

She poured cold water on the idea - widely touted as a means of attracting wavering Remain MPs - of shifting to a Norway-style arrangement involving membership of the European Free Trade Association (Efta) and the European Economic Area (EEA), pointing out that this would not allow the United Kingdom to end freedom of movement for European workers.

Dr Fox is expected to say: "The withdrawal agreement and the political declaration will not please everyone, and we have had some tough choices to make".

However, fellow Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg has written in the Daily Telegraph of an effort to "frighten and to gull (people) into acquiescing to a non-Brexit Brexit".

Speaking to reporters en route to the meeting, the Prime Minister again talked down other options, rejecting Canada or Norway style deals in favour of her own.

But hinting at potential further resignations from Mrs May's top team over Brexit, he added: "Members of the Cabinet who don't vote for the deal won't be members of the Cabinet".

Sam Gyimah, the universities and science minister, has resigned in protest at the Government's "naive" Brexit plan, saying that any deal we strike with Brussels will be "EU first".

The motion will be signed by the pro-independence Scottish National Party and Scottish Greens and the anti-independence Labour and Liberal Democrats.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has accepted Theresa May's challenge of a TV Brexit debate on the BBC - but only if it is the two leaders head-to-head. We haven't seen an alternative from the leader of the opposition.

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.

"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".

Mr Corbyn had previously claimed he preferred the bid from broadcaster ITV, but Mrs May wanted the BBC to host it. "It's a People's Vote, with the option of keeping the best deal we now have as a member of the European Union". Many lawmakers hope that if the deal is rejected, Mrs May will go back to Brussels to seek further concessions, but the European Union has been clear there is very little appetite to reopen negotiations.

She said: "If the vote is not supported, then we will see more division and more uncertainty for people".

"But a divided country is not a country that prospers".

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".

"In relation to Mr Khashoggi, we want to see a full and transparent investigation of what happened and those responsible being held to account".

Wales and Scotland say they have been ignored in the negotiating process, something the government denies.


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