UK PM May cautions: Alternative to my Brexit deal is no deal

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May hopes her Brexit plan could form the basis of a political agreement on trade

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May hopes her Brexit plan could form the basis of a political agreement on trade

But while he said a no-deal Brexit was possible, he said in the interview in Tokyo: "I don't think it's in anyone's interest for that to happen". Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to end unrestricted freedom of movement when Britain leaves the bloc but has so far given little detail on what the rules will be.

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

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Hunt that Japan will cooperate with Britain in promoting free and fair trade and the rule of law at sea. "But if we all act responsibly, we can avoid a catastrophe", he said.

"We have already made far-reaching compromises".

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has described the PM's divisive Chequers plan as the "right one for now" and suggested it could be altered by a future leader.

Mr Varadkar told the Dail parliament in Dublin: "I do not anticipate there will be any change to the EU's position or any change to our negotiating guidelines".

More widely, he said the negotiations were reaching a crunch point.

Johnson quit in July over the Chequers plan. "It would inevitably have consequences in terms of reduced growth, an increase in the [budget] deficit and a depreciation of the currency", she said.

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May blasted Johnson for using "completely inappropriate" language when he described her Brexit blueprint as putting Britain in a "suicide vest". So I think she will succeed.

"So Salzburg is an informal European Union summit but it will be an important milestone, a stepping stone if you like, to show that we've actually got the contours of agreement on principles to continue the final weeks of these negotiations and hammer out the details".

Ahead of this week's Informal Summit in Salzburg, EU officials in Brussels have been running through the agenda as the European heads of state and government gear up for talks ranging from Brexit to the Skripal poisoning in the United Kingdom earlier this year. As part of the EU, Britain now enjoys the freedom of goods, services, money and people to move across borders with 27 other countries in the region. Khan said Britain was now facing either a bad deal or a no-deal Brexit, both of which were "incredibly risky".

His comments came as Mr Hunt became the first British minister to deliver a speech in Japanese while making his initial official visit to Japan since becoming Foreign Secretary.

Christine Lagarde, the IMF's managing director, told a news conference at the Treasury in London: "Those projections assume a timely deal with the European Union on a broad free trade agreement and a relatively orderly Brexit process after that".

The government is set to publish its detailed immigration proposals in the coming months, which is widely expected to be a general toughening of stance on controlling the numbers that come into the country in line with the Conservative party's target to reduce migration.

It has also infuriated pro-Brexit MPs who believe Britain should leave the European Union on schedule in March 2019 in line with the "will of the people".

The informal gathering of European Union leaders in Salzburg gives Mrs May an opportunity to make her case for Chequers directly to the other 27 leaders, ahead of the full-scale Brussels summit in October at which final agreement is due to be reached.

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