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

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The Prime Minister delivered the warning to her political opponents - including her ex-Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. "It's rhetoric, not reality, and it can't be allowed to happen".

Mrs May's verdict is aimed at detractors in her own Conservative Party who might reject her Brexit deal.

International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Christine Lagarde attends a press conference to mark the publication of the 2018 Article IV assessment of the United Kingdom at the Treasury in central London, Monday Sept. 17, 2018.

The IMF said those kind of deals would not offset the drag to the economy from leaving the EU. 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.

May is calculating that, faced with a stark choice between an imperfect agreement and the unknown territory of "no deal", many lawmakers will grudgingly back her proposals.

But she has said that members of Parliament will get to vote on the final deal.

Mr Johnson has always been critical of Mrs May's Chequers plan, resigning in July alongside then-Brexit Secretary David Davis.

Johnson, May's former foreign minister, scolded the prime minister for her handling of negotiations on the future of the border between the British province of Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, an European Union member state.

But Mr Johnson warned that, unless Mrs May's Chequers plan was dropped, Britain was "heading full throttle for the ditch with a total write-off of Brexit".

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Last week a group of Brexiteer Tory MPs said a hard border could be avoided by using "established" technology and "modifying" existing arrangements.

But Mrs May insisted that any system of checks was "still a hard border".

Committee chairman Hilary Benn said that with time running out to secure a withdrawal agreement there were "significant problems yet to be resolved", with the Irish border backstop the main sticking point.

"If this government can not do what it is supposed to do and govern, then we need actually to change the government", the Labour MP said.

"With time rapidly running out, we are left with two possibilities ― a bad deal, which could end up being so vague that we leave the European Union blind to what our future relationship will be, or a 'no-deal' Brexit". Signs are growing that the party has no intention of bailing the Prime Minister out. However, it is notable that Liam Fox ( the Trade Secretary) and Michael Gove (the Environment Secretary) have both voiced their support for May.

He told the BBC a future prime minister could alter the relationship between the United Kingdom and the EU.

Rejecting a Brexit agreement based on the government's Chequers plan will mean the United Kingdom crashed out of the European Union without any deal at all, Theresa May has said in a warning to Brexiteers in her own party.

According to a Comres survey, 50% of British adults feel the overall impact will be negative, whereas 41% think it will be positive.

That saying sums up some of the troubles that Theresa May has in negotiating Brexit.