Guy Verhofstadt says Brexit deal is "zero per cent" complete


Mrs May was due to tell MPs that the UK's Brexit deal is 95% complete and that "important progress" has been made on issues like security, transport and services since last month's fractious summit in Salzburg. "The government's priority is to secure a deal", Mrs May told her cabinet".

The logjam in the Brexit negotiations has left the PM fighting criticism on several fronts, including from an MP seen as a rising star in the Tory party.

"That appears to be where the impasse is".

While Mr Wilson felt the European Union was unlikely to accept Mr Raab's position, he added: "This is exactly what the DUP has been calling for; the removal of the backstop, which the prime minister should never have agreed to in the first place".

Although May called any extension "undesirable", she said there were some circumstances in which it could be desirable. That would leave May with a choice between leaving the European Union without a deal or courting sufficient votes of opposition parties to push through a deal without the support of Conservative and Democratic Unionist Party MPs.

At the summit in Brussels, May offered further compromises, pledging to consider extending the transition period and to drop her demand for a strict end-date to the so-called backstop arrangement for the Irish border.

That's the choice Theresa May has.

"The choice she has is pretty clear now", Russell said.

Her Northern Irish allies in the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) are threatening to vote against next week's budget if the deal results in any special status for the province.

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The Brexit secretary also outlined £8m of funding for customs intermediaries, but spoke of a "worst-case scenario" where French authorities in the port of Calais are "deliberately directing a go-slow approach by supporting a diversion of the flow to more amenable ports in other countries". That's the choice she has.

Hardman said he still expected a deal eventually to be struck over Brexit but added: "The path to a deal seems to have become a bit harder".

BRITISH Prime Minister Theresa May has pleaded with MPs to be calm as she believes there is a good chance that a Brexit deal could be concluded by the end of November. However, Downing Street has in recent weeks started to make overtures to moderate Labour MPs in the hope they could be forced to support her deal if the alternative is no deal.

May has rejected the EU's proposal - for Northern Ireland to remain in the bloc's customs union - as it would potentially create barriers to trade with the rest of Britain.

"We had 15 vote against the EEA, the Norway option, I think you could double or triple the number of MPs who have concerns".

It has also been claimed that the prime minister will face a strong leadership challenge if a Brexit deal is not achieved by Christmas. They were engaged in intense negotiations to close the final differences.

"If doing those things means I get hard days in Brussels, then so be it", she said over the din of jeers from the opposition as well as some members of her own party.

One source told the Guardian that there was "an terrible lot to discuss" and there has been criticism of the secretive nature of Whitehall in giving information about the implications of a no-deal to businesses.