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British PM Theresa May Says Impossible To Rule Out No-Deal Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn refuses to meet with Theresa May unless she rules out no-deal Brexit

Mr Johnson also rubbished any idea of extending the UK's leave date past March 29 and described the highly controversial Irish backstop, an insurance against a hard border on the island of Ireland, as a "trap".

"The treaty unfortunately meant we would not actually leave the European Union, as this is contrary to the decision of the public I voted against". The drubbing was followed by a no-confidence vote demanded by the opposition.

May is due to publish her revived Brexit blueprint on Monday, before British lawmakers debate it - and doubtless try to alter it - on January 29.

Britain's Shadow Brexit secretary has said Labour must keep the option of a second European Union referendum open. A day earlier, the French government activated its contingency plans for the possibility that the United Kingdom leaves the European Union on March 29 without rules in place for cross-border trade and travel.

Britain's last-minute scramble to shape its exit from the European Union has hit the rocks as Prime Minister Theresa May and opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn dug in their heels for competing visions.

He said Mrs May has to "ditch the red lines and get serious" about proposals for the future to stop the country "hurtling towards a cliff edge".

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Last month, Neil Lawson of Compass called for a Brexit citizens' assembly, whereby a representative sample of the public would make a recommendation on the outcome.

Corbyn's positioning Labour for a possible fresh vote of no-confidence-after May's "Plan B" deal is presented to Parliament Monday-and his proposal to then seek a vote on his own Brexit proposals is considered a unsafe waste of time that should be spent arguing for a second referendum to follow a vote on May's alternative Brexit proposals on January 29.

"Parliament is gridlocked", she said.

"It is not within the government's power to rule out no deal", she wrote.

The Number 10 spokesman said the revised withdrawal deal would be "based on those conversations".

Romanian leaders have sought to reassure the estimated half a million Romanians living in Britain that they will not be left in the lurch - but have not provided specifics. It's a commitment to you, our members and our movement.

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"After Ireland, the Dutch economy is most entwined with that of the United Kingdom", she said, citing fisheries, meat-processing and flower exports. "As guardians of the treaty we would prefer to stay within the applicable legal order", he said.

In Britain, the government announced Thursday it's putting military reservists on standby for permanent service in the event the country leaves without a divorce deal.

Kramp-Karrenbauer, the new head of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, is the most senior German politician to have openly appealed to the U.K.to abandon Brexit, joining two dozen influential figures from politics, business, and the arts to announce a cross-party campaign to persuade Britain to stay put.

Britain, which would face by far the biggest disruption, has devoted thousands of civil servants and several billion pounds (dollars) on measures to mitigate the worst effect - although officials can only speculate about what will actually happen on March 30 if Brexit happens without a deal.

First, we now know for certain what had been assumed to be the case for some time: A majority of United Kingdom politicians, on all sides of the Brexit divide, so disliked the deal May had cooked up with the European Union that they were willing to kill it.

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