Former minister Davis: UK will reset Brexit plans after Salzburg

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Conservative opponents of May's "Chequers" plan - named for the country-house retreat where it was drawn up - are trying to show they have an alternative proposal for breaking free of the EU. "I know this Prime Minister and she would never recommend a deal inconsistent with what the country voted for".

The UK manufacturing output fell -0.2% in July, missing the expectations of 0.2% rise, while UK trade deficit came out better than expected reaching £2.8 billion in July.

"Of all the years that I've sat in this chair, this coming year is one of the most hard to give guidance on because there is this uncertainty of the Brexit outcome", Associated British Foods finance director John Bason told Reuters.

Ahead of a potentially hard Conservative Party conference, Mr Hunt said the Prime Minister's efforts to achieve the best outcome for Britain "will be greatly strengthened if we are united behind her".

Baker is the former chairman of the Eurosceptic body the European Research Group, which plans to publish its own proposals for Brexit ahead of the Conservative Party Conference.

In an article in the Mail on Sunday newspaper, Johnson pressed his attack on May's plan, calling it "a humiliation" that opens "ourselves to perpetual political blackmail". The rift deepened this week with Johnson comparing May's plan to a "suicide vest" on Britain's constitution.

Lord Heseltine, who served as defence secretary in the Thatcher Cabinet, predicted this week that Mr Johnson would succeed.

Mr Coveney said many would be offended by Mr Johnson's remarks and claimed it was an attempt to undermine British Prime Minister Theresa May.

The constituencies of Brexiteers Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Jacob Rees-Mogg are among the 112 areas where opinion has changed in favour of staying in the EU.

She is aiming to strike a deal with Brussels by autumn, that will then be voted on by MPs in Britain, and the EU27.

Meanwhile, fellow former Conservative leader William Hague wrote in the Daily Telegraph that it would not be an exaggeration to say Britain could face "the most serious constitutional crisis in Britain for at least one century, possibly two" if a Chequers-based Brexit deal was blocked.

Labour former minister David Lammy told the Press Association: "There is a growing momentum across the Labour movement, there will be tremendous pressure I think at party conference".

May has made herself unpopular among pro-Brexit Tories by proposing to keep close to the European Union single market for trade in goods, even after the United Kingdom leaves the bloc.

While talk at Westminster is of the potential for a second referendum, MPs will consider the legitimacy of the 2016 plebiscite which resulted in the historic decision to leave the EU.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the ERG leader, said on Tuesday his group would unveil its proposal on Wednesday for how Britain could leave the European Union without constructing a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, one of the main sticking points in securing a Brexit deal.

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