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UK's May says she'll still have her job after Brexit vote

AP  |  London 

British brushed aside questions Monday about whether she will resign if her deal is rejected by Parliament next week, saying she's confident she'll still have a job after the crucial vote.

May is battling to persuade lawmakers to support the divorce agreement between Britain and the in a December 11 vote.

Opposition parties say they will vote against it, as do dozens of lawmakers from May's

Defeat would leave the UK facing a messy, economically damaging "no-deal" on March 29 and could topple the Conservative prime minister, her government, or both.

May said Monday that "I will still have a job in two weeks' time."

"My job is making sure that we do what the public asked us to: We leave the EU but we do it in a way that is good for them," she told broadcaster

May has consistently refused to say what she plans to do if as widely predicted the rejects the deal she reached with the EU.

"I'm focusing on ... getting that vote and getting the vote over the line," she said.

Politicians on both sides of Britain's EU membership debate oppose the agreement that May has struck with the bloc Brexiteers because it keeps Britain bound closely to the EU, and pro-EU politicians because it erects barriers between the U.K. and its biggest trading partner.

May's opponents on both sides argue that Britain can renegotiate the deal for better terms.

But the and the EU insist that the agreement, which took a year and a half to negotiate, is the only one on the table, and rejecting it means leaving the bloc without a deal.

Dutch said Monday that "there is no Plan B." Rutte cited "red lines" drawn by both sides during the negotiations, including the UK's refusal to accept the free movement of people between Britain and the EU, and the need to keep an open border between the UK's and EU member

"When you take all these red lines into account, it's simply impossible to come up with something different than we have currently, the deal on the table," he told on the sidelines of the global climate conference in Katowice,

Rutte said the choice was "this, or a hard Brexit, or no at all.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 19:55 IST