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As May pressured to rule out ‘no deal’, ‘dozens of ministers could resign’

The prime minister faces threats of mass resignations, disastrous worst-case scenarios and demands for further votes. Pressure on Theresa May to rule out a “no-deal” Brexit is stacking up after MPs derided her plan B. Sky News has learned that cross-Channel freight trade could collapse by between 75% and 87% for six months if the UK fails to agree a divorce deal with the EU by 29 March, when the country leaves the bloc. The estimate, by the UK Border Force, is part of an assumption for no-deal contingency plans and is based on predictions of tough customs checks by the French. The disclosure, in a document leaked to Sky News, comes as: :: The pro-Remain cabinet minister Amber Rudd is said to have warned Number 10 that dozens of ministers could resign if Tory MPs are banned from voting to stop a no-deal Brexit; :: Labour has tabled a Commons amendment to the government’s EU withdrawal deal, which it claims prevents the chaos of no deal and includes the option of a second referendum;…

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