DUP MP: We are heading for no-deal Brexit

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British Prime Minister Theresa May promised her ministers Tuesday she would not strike a Brexit deal with the European Union "at any cost" after opposition over a mooted plan to resolve the deadlock over Northern Ireland.

Theresa May has emerged from a tense Cabinet meeting this morning insisting she will not agree to a Brexit deal "at any cost", despite the clock ticking on reaching a Withdrawal Agreement.

And sources said that the separate "future framework" on EU-UK trade had made such progress that it could be wrapped up quite quickly once the cabinet had made its decision.

Mrs May hopes negotiations can be concluded at an European Union leaders' meeting in late November or at a Brussels summit on 13 and 14 December.

Speaking ahead of the publication of Mr Johnson's comments, a Downing Street spokeswoman said: "The Prime Minister is clear we are leaving the customs union".

The EU's chief negotiator Barnier himself said a breakthrough on the Irish border issue was not close.

"She said that while the United Kingdom should aim to secure a withdrawal agreement as soon as possible, this should not be done at any cost".

The Sunday Times report said preparations for a final Brexit deal were "far more advanced than previously disclosed" and that May's agreement would satisfy both remain-voting Tories and the hardline Eurosceptics within her party.

On Monday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he was "open" to considering proposals for a review mechanism for the backstop but said the outcome of any such review could not involve the United Kingdom deciding on its own to end the backstop.

But he made clear that he would not accept an arrangement which gave the United Kingdom unilateral powers to ditch the customs union without the agreement of Brussels.

"Looks like we're heading for no deal", he tweeted.

Mrs May is understood to view the mechanism as a means of allaying the concerns of Conservative and DUP MPs who want guarantees that any future membership of a customs union is temporary.

Jeffrey Donaldson, an MP from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which props up May's government, said Dublin's refusal to budge could scupper a deal.

London is pushing for a single UK-wide customs arrangement, with additional measures for Northern Ireland to cover regulatory controls, as the single entity that will avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland.

A no-deal outcome, he said, "will have serious consequences for economy of Irish Republic".

However, the bloc has rejected United Kingdom attempts to place a time limit on any backstop arrangement, while Brexiteers have been pushing for the United Kingdom to have the unilateral right to exit a backstop arrangement and force a "no-deal" departure from the EU.

"Deal or no deal, it's becoming clearer by the day that the United Kingdom is headed for a miserable Brexit".

All pet owners are now being told to ensure they have the correct health protection documents in place for the possibility of a no deal Brexit.

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