PM May says Britain will not compromise over Brexit plan - global

May Day looms as Europe and Tory rebels round on PM's Brexit plan

When asked how they would vote if a referendum on Scotland's future was held after the United Kingdom leaves the EU, 47% said they would support independence, with 43% saying they would opt to stay part of the Union.

"The government is walking a narrow path with people chucking rocks from both sides", he told the BBC.

Writing in the popular Sunday newspaper, the British Prime Minister said she would not be pushed into compromises over Brexit that weren't in the national interest, seeking to allay fears among some in her Conservative Party that she would cave in to Brussels' demands in negotiations.

He said a "Tory hard Brexit" would be a disaster for GMB members, adding: "The Government need to know they have to come back and face the music - they can't sell working people down the river".

Johnson - and election guru Sir Lynton Crosby who is allegedly masterminding the former foreign secretary's insurrection - will not stop flinging muck at the PM.

The EU meanwhile aims to grant Britain a transition period until the end of 2020 allowing businesses and others time to adjust to a post-Brexit future.

But her words drew scepticism, including from the former Brexit negotiator David Davis who said the pledge was little reassurance and that he would vote against parliament giving May's exit plan its required approval.

The spokesman added that there were a "number of things" that were not negotiable, including "taking back control of our laws, our borders and our money". "People want to have the final say on whether we leave Europe or not". "The only legitimate course now is to suspend or revoke Article 50 and call a second referendum offering people a choice between the leave the Brexiteers want and remaining in the European Union on a new deal".

In a barely-veiled rebuff to Mr Johnson's ambitions to become prime minister, Mr May's official spokesman said Britain needed "serious leadership with a serious plan" which was being provided by the current premier.

Following the latest rounds of negotiations with the EU, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab updated MPs on Tuesday on the government's progress, as well as Whitehall contingency plans for a "no-deal" departure.

We have also asked the embassy if this idea, which has always been called for by campaigners on both sides of the Channel, is being considered as a solution to the "no deal" scenario.

Mr Davis added: "We will be under the rule of the European Union with respect to all of our manufactured goods and agri-foods, that's a really serious concession, what about take back control, it doesn't work?"

Separately it emerged that Germany has started to prepare for a no deal Brexit by hiring new customs staff.

"What I want is a plan that's workable", Boles told the BBC.

"Hors de question" was the phrase used by Michel Barnier yesterday when asked by MPs what his view was on the Single Market goods/services split proposed in the Chequers deal.

The prospect that she could fail to reach a deal that would carry parliament at home, and that Britain could potentially crash out of the European Union in March with no deal in place at all, has anxious financial markets.

"Michel Barnier has said a lot of things in recent weeks".

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