May’s Brexit deal could cost United Kingdom economy £100bn by 2030

May defends draft Brexit deal

Prime Minister Theresa May will on Monday convene her cabinet and update parliament on her newly-agreed Brexit deal, as the embattled British leader tries to sell the maligned plan to a sceptical country.

"If you look at the political declaration which sets out the future framework for our relationship with the European Union, it clearly identifies that we will have an independent trade policy and we will be able to do trade deals, negotiate trade deals with countries around the rest of the world", May said, speaking to Sky News.

"As the deal stands, they may not be able to trade with the U.S. and I don't think they want that at all".

"That wouldn't be a good thing".

Addressing the Commons the day after returning from Brussels, Mrs May said: "I can say to the House with absolute certainty that there is not a better deal available".

The British government's Brexit deal would cost the country 100 billion British pounds (about 128 billion USA dollars) per year by 2030, according to media reports on a research institute's latest estimates.

"This deal is not a plan for Britain's future, so for the good of the nation the House has very little choice but to reject this choice", Corbyn said.

The groundwork for an "ambitious" agreement with the USA has been laid in five meetings of joint working groups, the spokesman said.

The president caused Mrs May serious political embarrassment ahead of his visit to Britain in July when he said the PM's freshly-unveiled Chequers proposals could "kill" any UK-US trade deal.

However, with around 90 Conservative MPs pledged to vote down the deal, the prime minister faces a major struggle to win the vote.

The British government has fought to stop the ECJ from hearing the case, saying it is hypothetical and irrelevant because ministers have no intention of reversing Brexit.

Asked if she could survive a defeat on her Withdrawal Agreement, he added: "Each of us has to make that decision on December 11".

If the ECJ concludes Britain can unilaterally reverse Brexit, it could give British lawmakers a third viable option as an alternative to May's deal or what ministers describe as a chaotic no-deal scenario: staying in the bloc after another referendum.

But her former defence secretary, Michael Fallon, until now an ally of May, said Trump's comment couldn't be ignored.

A Labour spokesman said: "Jeremy would relish a head-to-head debate with Theresa May about her botched Brexit deal and the future of our country".

She said rejecting it "would open the door to more division and more uncertainty, with all the risks that will entail".

"I am willing to stand up and explain why I think it is the best possible deal available for the United Kingdom".

Brexiteers argue that rather than taking back control, the United Kingdom is giving the European Union too much of a say in key areas, including a controversial "backstop" customs arrangement, created to avoid the need for physical checks of people and goods at the border on the island of Ireland.

Meanwhile in Luxembourg, lawyers for a group of Scottish politicians argued before the top European court that the British parliament should have the unilateral power to halt the countdown to Brexit, set for March 29.

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