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Theresa May's leadership is running out of road as ministers quit over her Brexit plan

Under the terms of the draft divorce agreement, the transition is due to last until December 31 2021, but may be extended once only if it proves impossible to complete a full deal on future relations by that date, as an alternative to activating the so-called "backstop" arrangements to keep the Irish border open.

May argues that abandoning the plan, with Britain's withdrawal just over four months away on March 29, could lead to a disorderly and economically damaging "no deal" Brexit - or to a situation in which Britain's exit from the European Union is postponed indefinitely.

"While the world is changing fast, our geography is not: Europe will always be our most proximate goods market, and ensuring we have free-flowing borders is crucial", May said, citing the importance of the automotive industry in particular. "I have heard it said that this is like a football match, in which we are one-nil down at half-time, but as the Prime Minister suggested in her interview. we can still pull it back and get the Brexit we want", Johnson wrote in his weekly column for Monday's Daily Telegraph.

Conservative MPs would then have the option to vote for or against May's leadership, with May's allies confident she could survive a vote and continue trying to press her deal through parliament.

"When societies are bought together, they're much much stronger", Corbyn said.

Mrs May's deal faces the prospect of being voted down in the House of Commons given the fierce opposition to her withdrawal plan puts a majority in doubt. They say that some lawmakers who were undecided about the call for a no-confidence vote could reach a decision after they met with their supporters over the weekend.

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds said on Sunday it was "time to work for a better deal which does not undermine the integrity of the United Kingdom".

May said negotiating teams were working "as we speak" and she meant to go to Brussels and meet European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Ms Sturgeon said Mrs May's draft withdrawal agreement had "long-term uncertainty is hardwired" into it and kicked hard decisions of future trade relations down the road.

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"The focus this week will be on the future relationship".

May will defend her deal in a speech to the CBI business lobby group's annual conference on Monday, saying Britain would embark on an intense week of Brexit negotiations to try to thrash out the details of its outline future relationship with the EU.

CBI president John Allan is expected to call for MPs to back Mrs May's deal - despite it not being "perfect" - and warn of the consequences of crashing of the European Union for businesses and the economy.

Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, he said that under the PM's plan in effect, Britain would remain in the European Union, but without having any say.

"We're not going to be distracted".

Indian-origin Brexiteer MP, Suella Fernandes Braverman, who quit the Brexit department as a junior minister along with her boss Raab last week, revealed that the draft withdrawal agreement issued by Downing Street contains clauses the two ministers had never previously seen and says the document will be seen for generations as a betrayal.

"I still think a deal could be done", Raab told the BBC.

Labour will vote down the deal in Parliament, Corbyn said, and he argued that a general election is now the "only sensible course of action".

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