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UK Labour signals will vote against Brexit deal

AFP  |  London 

Britain's main opposition is likely to vote against the deal being negotiated by the government with the EU, a senior figure said Friday.

told that Theresa May's proposal for close economic ties with the bloc in some sectors was "nonsense".

"Even if they come back in October, November, and they say, 'this flimsy bit of paper is what you're going to have to agree to, otherwise there'll be no deal', we're not going to agree to either of those," she said.

Thornberry, Labour's on foreign affairs, noted that the party has put forward six tests for supporting a deal.

One of these is that it delivers the "exact same benefits" that has as a member of the EU's single market and customs union.

The and the EU have both said this will not be possible, and commentators have long believed Labour will vote against the government.

But Thornberry's outspoken remarks raise the stakes for May, who is also facing a rebellion against her plan by supporters in her own

The hopes to reach a deal in mid-October or early November, ahead of Brexit in March 2019. The agreement must then be approved by the House of Commons, where she has only a slim majority.

It is unclear what would happen if MPs reject the deal.

But legislation is already in place to implement Brexit, raising the possibility that crashes out without any agreement on new terms with the EU.

May would also likely face a leadership challenge in her own party, although that would not automatically cause a new election.

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First Published: Fri, September 14 2018. 20:50 IST