Brexit deal is 95 done, Prime Minister will tell MPs

British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives for a working dinner of EU leaders

But the scale of votes against the government could provide an indication of how many may ultimately refuse to back any final Brexit deal with the European Union when it is voted on in parliament.

In its report, the National Audit Office said that political uncertainty and delays in negotiations with the European Union have hampered preparations for new border arrangements, and the government is now racing to bolster computer systems, increase staffing and build new infrastructure to track goods. "They're about the national interest - and that means making the right choices, not the easy ones", May wrote.

"We also need to prepare for the worst case scenario where the authorities at Calais are deliberately directing a go-slow approach by supporting a diversion of the flow to more amenable ports in other countries", he said.

In addition, Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's first minister, said she was "increasingly concerned" about a no deal.

Trudy Harrison, the MP for Copeland, was the latest to sign up to the Stand Up 4 Brexit campaign that opposes any future trade deal based on Chequers, which would sign up the United Kingdom to a common rule book for food and goods after Brexit to ensure a free flow of trade across the border in Ireland.

Scottish Tory MP Paul Masterson was more blunt, saying: "If I was told to bring my own noose to my next surgery, that I'd be knifed, or assassinated, my staff would report it to the police".

The backlash at the suggestion to extend a transition period follows a turbulent week of events for Mrs May, who warned politicians to be "careful about language" they use.

The graphic nature of the media attacks appeared to unsettle even some of May's biggest critics. Many also fear an election could bring the opposition Labour Party into power.

But almost every MP's disapproval of the quotes was followed by condemnation of May's handling of the negotiations.

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"Introducing new border arrangements as part of a deal could still involved a large amount of work leading up to and beyond the end of the implementation period in December 2020", it said.

Outside the Conservative party, 71 percent of the general public say the government is handling Brexit badly, with 65 percent of Leave voters in agreement, according to a recent YouGov poll.

He said Tory infighting seemed "to have gone to another level".

May flatly rejected this in a rare article published in the mass-selling The Sun tabloid.

As a compromise, Brussels is suggesting a legal promise to negotiate the UK-wide version after the Northern Ireland-only version goes into the divorce - but Britain has said no.

James acknowledged the importance of ensuring that an adequacy decision - a legal framework for the flow of data between countries - is in place as soon as possible, but said it is up to the EC when this will happen.

Only a few weeks ago negotiators had been hoping to finish things by November.

His proposed amendments to the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Bill would make it a legal requirement for the Stormont Assembly to agree to any plan to treat Northern Ireland differently to the rest of the UK. Her Belfast allies have threatened to vote down her budget next week and there is talk of a party leadership challenge.

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