Brexit deal is waiting to be done, says Barnier

GettyBritish Prime Minister Theresa May

GettyBritish Prime Minister Theresa May

The EU released a short statement saying "intense negotiating efforts continue, but an agreement has not been reached yet".

"This will not be an agreement at any cost", the PM added.

Brexit secretary Dominic Raab is preparing to lead a group of Cabinet ministers arguing that a no-deal exit would be preferable to a deal that breaches their red lines.

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said there was "huge frustration" in parts of the Conservative party and the cabinet about the PM's approach.

They are unhappy over Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plans, the Sunday Times reported.

Theresa May will be warned by senior Eurosceptic Cabinet ministers that leaving the European Union without a deal will be better than giving in to Brussels' demands on Brexit.

With both Britain and the European Union suggesting an agreement is close, Eurosceptic Tories and a leading member of the Democratic Unionist Party made new threats to vote against the terms of the deal she is working on with Brussels.

Stumbling blocks impeding talks, particularly the Irish border and post-Brexit UK-EU economic relations, are making a no-deal Brexit scenario an increasingly likely scenario.

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"The cabinet has backed the prime minister in moving forward with the negotiations with the European Union and I expect cabinet will continue to do so", May's spokesman said.

She added: "Overwhelmingly, the British people want us to get on with delivering Brexit, and I am determined to deliver for them". Carrying on like this, they suggest, is simply banging their collective heads against the same brick wall, because it will never get through Parliament.

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One Cabinet minister told i : "The mood of optimism in recent days has faded".

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to lay a wreath at a National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Westminster, London.

With the DUP and hardline Brexiteers prepared to vote down any deal, the parliamentary arithmetic is looking increasingly hard.

The unease centres on how the Irish backstop - a fallback arrangement to guarantee no new visible border checks - will work. This would enable MPs to have a vote on the deal by Christmas, in order for her withdrawal agreement to be rubber-stamped before the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave on March 29, 2019.

Downing Street has also been hit by the resignation of Remain-supporting minister Jo Johnson on Friday, who warned that the prime minister was offering the public a choice between "vassalage and chaos" and called for a fresh Brexit referendum.

"The negotiations for our departure are now in the endgame", May said in a speech at the Guildhall in London's financial district.

"And we are working extremely hard, through the night, to make progress on the remaining issues in the withdrawal agreement, which are significant".

"If the next two years of negotiation involve a process as inward looking, divisive and partisan - as dominated and driven by internal Conservative politics as the past two years - we will become an even more divided country, more divided than in the 70s during the three-day week, than in the 80s during the miners' strike and than in the early 90s because of poll tax".

Growing numbers of Tory MPs are warning Mrs May her Brexit plan will not be approved by the House of Commons.

"I want them to know that I will not compromise on what people voted for in the referendum", she said.

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