U.K. Parliament to resume Brexit deal debate on January 9

Britain, EU Accelerate Planning for 'No-Deal Brexit'

Yet the fact senior ministers are in public flagging up alternatives indicates that, to all intents and purposes, the Prime Minister is not in control of events and colleagues are preparing for the battle over Plan B.

She said: 'Everybody is very clear that not only what Government policy is but what we are all individually and collectively focused on is working to ensure that that deal is able to be agreed by and go through a meaningful vote in the House of Commons'.

May had breakfast with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in The Hague before heading to Berlin for lunch with Chancellor Angela Merkel, and then travelled on to Brussels.

While stressing it's not something she's seeking, Rudd said in an ITV interview that if Parliament is unable to agree on a Brexit package, it may be the way to break the deadlock.

But leading Brexiteers in the Cabinet, including Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom, are pushing for a "managed no deal" if no agreement can get through Parliament.

"There is no room whatsoever for renegotiation but of course there is room, if used intelligently, to give further clarification and further interpretations".

The debate was halted after three days earlier this month when May pulled a planned vote on the deal after admitting it was set to be rejected. It is widely expected she will lose and ministers are concerned that the scale of defeat would be such it could bring down her government. The government has said they can stay, even if the United Kingdom leaves the bloc without an agreement on future relations.

At Holyrood, Michael Russell, the Scottish Government's Constitutional Relations Secretary, denounced the Conservative Government's "amateurish" approach to the Brexit talks, complaining that Mrs May and her colleagues had failed to take into account the views of the Scottish and Welsh Governments.

May faces strong opposition over a clause in the Brexit deal created to keep open the border with Ireland.

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For some players, that meant a risky journey to a third country that required payments to smugglers and the threat of extortion. Previously, baseball players who defected were banned by the Cuban government from returning to the island.

The notices had originally referred to the "unlikely" chance that Britain leaves the European Union without a deal.

But it is far from clear what she can achieve.

Many Britons have been left scratching their heads after the latest political developments.

David Gauke has warned he could quit the Cabinet if Theresa May pushes ahead with a no deal Brexit.

"Ridiculous, absolutely", one resident, Tony Finney, said when asked about the delay, calling it a "fiasco".

Somehow, we don't think that's the kind of "varied diet" that nutritionists have in mind when they say it.

The Belgian and Dutch governments have also announced that their ports are ready for Britain to leave the European Union without a deal, with the Netherlands having hired an additional 1,000 staff in preparation to run customs checks on 10,500 "foreign" ship cargoes going to or from British ports.

The decision to defer the vote sent the pound plunging.

A spokesperson for the UK Government confirmed the papers had been "updated" after yesterday's Cabinet meeting, adding: "We fully expect to get a deal and believe that is the most likely outcome - that is what we are focused on delivering".

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