EU’s Tusk: No deal or no Brexit’ if Britain’s MPs reject agreement

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May greets UK Ambassador to Argentina Mark Kent upon her arrival to the Ministro Pistarini international airport in Buenos Aires Argentina

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May greets UK Ambassador to Argentina Mark Kent upon her arrival to the Ministro Pistarini international airport in Buenos Aires Argentina

President of the European Council Donald Tusk today said if parliament rejects the draft agreement proposed by Theresa May the United Kingdom will face two options: no deal or no Brexit.

Her efforts suffered a blow Friday when Universities Minister Sam Gyimah quit the government, saying accepting the deal would mean surrendering "our voice, our vote and our veto" in the EU.

Gyimah, who backed remaining in the European Union during Britain's 2016 referendum, said the agreement was "a deal in name only".

"A no deal would cause real pain in communities right across Scotland, so all politicians have to come forward and do the right thing - and that includes the UK Parliament on 11 December".

The MP conceded that Mrs May's deal "has been hard won", but says "at its heart, all the big decisions in the political declaration that will shape our future in Europe, and the world, are yet to be agreed".

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.

Speaking as she travelled to the G20 economic summit in Argentina, the PM said: "A divided country is not a country that prospers".

Former Downing Street advisor Alastair Campbell has said that a second referendum - a "People's Vote" - was the only way to get rid of Theresa May's Brexit agreement. She said Britain would develop its own sat-nav system, at an estimated cost of several billion pounds (dollars).

"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.

With less than a fortnight to go to the historic House of Commons vote on her plan, the Prime Minister urged all MPs - including 100 or more Tories who have said they may rebel - to cast their vote "in the national interest" and back a deal which she said would deliver Brexit while protecting jobs.

Asked whether she was putting pressure on Tory MPs to fall in behind her plan, Mrs May said: "Obviously we're talking to colleagues about this vote".

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Researchers at IQR carried found 41 percent of the sample to prefer staying in the bloc, while just 25 percent though May's draft deal is the better option.

Voters need "clarity" about whether, by ruling out the backstop arrangement which the European Union has demanded to keep the Irish border open after Brexit, Labour is effectively backing the no-deal outcome which the Bank of England this week warned could trigger recession, said the PM.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, left, and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands prior to a bilateral meeting at the G20 Leader's Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018.

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