UK: May's cabinet 'fully behind' Brexit plan

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No members of British Prime Minister Theresa May's cabinet challenged her over her so-called Chequers plan for Brexit at a meeting earlier on Monday, a journalist from the Sun reported.

Speaking to reporters as she flew to NY for the United Nations General Assembly, Mrs May said: "First of all, I have always said no deal is better than a bad deal".

"What we've put on the table is a good deal".

Mr Francois said the PM would "lose" any vote and should embrace an alternative Canada-style trade plan.

A report by the Institute of Economic Affairs think tank called on the government to seek a "basic" free trade agreement for goods, similar to that between the European Union and Canada, while pursuing "regulatory freedom and trade independence".

May said that "makes a mockery" of the Brexit vote, because Britain would still take orders from Brussels and there would be "uncontrolled immigration" from the EU.

Her spokesperson said there would be formal proposals published "shortly".

Meanwhile at the other end of the M6 Motorway in Liverpool, delegates at the Labour Party conference will on Tuesday debate Brexit and whether the main opposition party at Westminster would support a new referendum to decide Britain's future in or out of the EU.

He had suggested the party would nearly certainly vote against any deal the prime minister might strike with the EU.

But May said the onus was still on the European Union to break the deadlock on Chequers.

"That is not in the national interest, what we are doing is in the national interest".

The pound has jumped up 0.9 per cent against the dollar to $1.3161 today after the Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said he was confident that the United Kingdom will make progress and eventually clinch a Brexit deal with the European Union. "If they have issues with it, let's hear what those issue are", May said in an interview with CBS News, referring to the EU's response to the British plan. "We don't need to extend Article 50... we've got enough time", he said, adding that Britain would leave on March 29 even if it meant a "no deal" Brexit.

Later on Tuesday evening in NY, the prime minister will join French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at an event to promote access to education for girls around the globe.