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PM: 'No-deal' Brexit better than Canada-style one

By Tom Rayner, political correspondent
The prime minister has said a "no-deal" Brexit would be better than a Canada-style deal proposed by rebel Brexiteers, which she claims would lead to the break-up of the UK.
Speaking during her flight to the UN General Assembly in New York, Theresa May also hit out at Labour, saying the party would "accept any deal Europe gives, regardless of how bad it is for the UK".

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Asked directly by reporters whether no deal would be better than a free trade agreement like that agreed between the EU and Canada, Mrs May said: "I've always said no deal is better than a bad deal, and I think a bad deal, for example, would be something that broke up the United Kingdom."What we've put on the table is a good deal."It's a deal which retains the union of the UK, our constitutional integrity, it's a deal which provides for no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, protects jobs and enables us to have a good trade relationship with Europe and the rest of the world."
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The PM is facing calls to abandon her Chequers proposal for a more basic free trade agreement like the Canada model.
Criticism of the prime minister's Chequers strategy from key Eurosceptics has ramped up in recent days, with former Brexit secretary David Davis and chairman of the ERG Jacob Rees-Mogg both backing a proposal put forward by the Institute of Economic Affairs based on the EU-Canada trade agreement.
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Brexiteers David Davis (letf) and Jacob Rees-Mogg (centre) back a Canada-style deal
They argue a deal seeking to replicate the existing Canada model would give the UK greater scope to diverge from EU rules and that additional friction at borders could be minimised through trusted trader schemes, product bar coding and other non-border checks.Both Mr Davis and Mr Rees-Mogg claim the EU negotiating team has already offered this model as an option for the UK, but Downing Street says such an offer would require the so-called 'Irish backstop' agreed last December to come into effect.Although the UK government is trying to reformulate the backstop proposal, the current wording would require Northern Ireland to remain in the customs union and the single market, separating it off from the rest of the UK by creating a customs border in the Irish Sea - something the prime minister has said she will never accept.
PM: 'No-deal' Brexit better than Canada-style one

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The PM said a Canda-style deal would lead to the break up of the UK
Turning to Labour, Mrs May criticised comments made by the shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer during the party's conference in Liverpool.He had suggested the party would almost certainly vote against any deal the prime minister might strike with the EU.
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