UK PM May says 'no Brexit' is alternative to draft deal after 4 ministers quit

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WION Web Team London, UK Nov 15, 2018, 04.34 PM (IST)

Prime Minister Theresa May told British MPs Thursday that they faced the possibility of Britain exiting the EU with no deal or no Brexit at all if they failed to back her draft agreement with Brussels.

"We can choose to leave with no deal, we can risk no Brexit at all or we can choose to unite and support the best deal that can be negotiated," May told parliament, to cheers from some lawmakers when she mentioned the possibility of no Brexit.

A day earlier, May had said after a gruelling five-hour meeting that she had the "collective" backing of her cabinet to move Britain out of the European Union. 

The summit to formalise the Brexit deal will be held on November 25, European Council president Donald Tusk said on Thursday.

As the announcement was made by Tusk, junior Northern Ireland minister Shailesh Vara quit the British government over the Brexit deal.

Three other ministers including British Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, Britain's Work and Pensions Minister Esther McVey and Junior Brexit Minister Suella Braverman resigned in protest.

Britain has been part of the European Union for the past 46 years but British citizen had decided to pull the country out of the European Union two years in an open referendum.

Last week, The European Union and the British government had jointly published a 585-page detailed draft agreement of their Brexit deal that needed the approval of EU leaders and the British parliament.

(With inputs from agencies)

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'We can choose to leave with no deal, we can risk no Brexit at all or we can choose to unite and support the best deal that can be negotiated,' May told the UK parliament, to cheers from some lawmakers when she mentioned the possibility of no Brexit.