Four U.K. ministers on verge of quitting, EU rejects latest plan

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier addresses the EPP congress in Helsinki

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier addresses the EPP congress in Helsinki

Jo Johnson may lack the bombast and first name recognition of his older brother Boris, but his surprise resignation as Transport Minister shows he shares the family knack for creating political drama. However, in private a dozen or so more MPs are, as one put it, "looking hard..."

Some diplomats have speculated that May could use her visit to Belgium for World War One commemorations on Friday to make a dash to Brussels to lock in an agreement, if she gets her cabinet behind it by then.

Johnson's older brother Boris spearheaded the pro-Brexit campaign and quit as foreign secretary in July over May's Brexit blueprint.

One of the scenarios being discussed is Britain remaining in a customs agreement with the European Union for a limited period even after the end of the transition period on December 31, 2020, which would avoid the introduction of new border controls between Ireland and Northern Ireland, Walker said.

The critique from Johnson underscores the travails that May faces in getting any Brexit divorce deal, which London and Brussels say is 95% done, approved by her own fractious party.

He wrote in a blog post announcing his resignation from the government: "Indeed he recently observed that the proposed arrangements were "substantially worse than staying in the EU".

To add to the pressure, a leading member of a group of Brexiteer lawmakers in parliament joined with the Brexit spokesman for the small Northern Irish party that props up May's party in government to warn that they could not vote for the deal as it now stands.

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Cabinet ministers have been invited this week to read the UK's draft withdrawal deal with the EU.

Incorporating their expectations for Brexit, economists' consensus forecast is for growth to accelerate to 1.5 percent next year and hold there in 2020, still slower than where it was running up to the 2016 referendum to leave the EU.

"With no say over the rules that will govern huge swathes of our economy".

Corbyn, a long-standing Eurosceptic, has seemingly been mindful that a significant amount of Labour voters opted to leave in the June 2016 referendum.

Downing Street thanked him for his work but continued to insist there was no prospect of another referendum "under any circumstances".

May's office rejected his call, saying Britain would not hold a second referendum on its European Union membership "under any circumstances".

SNP MP Stephen Gethins said: "Theresa May's authority is completely gone, and it is clear that her attempts to hobble together a deal can't even unite her Government, never mind the country".

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