Scottish parties unite against May's Conservatives on Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May secured an agreement with European Union leaders on Sunday that will see Britain leave the bloc in March next year with continued close trade ties

There's every sign they won't, and that would leave May with a set of unpalatable options that range from taking Britain out of the bloc without a deal - with potentially disastrous economic consequences - to holding a second referendum.

"I'm very happy to tell President Trump and others that we will have an independent trade policy, because we will have an independent trade policy, we will be able to do trade deals", she said. "We will be explaining to members of Parliament why we believe that this is a good deal for the UK", Mrs May told reporters on the plane to the Group of 20 (G-20) summit in Argentina when asked if she had a plan B.

"Even before we get to new trade opportunities afforded by new trade agreements there are still considerable export opportunities for British businesses to exploit in existing markets", he said.

The Conservative MP, who campaigned for Remain, labelled negotiations over Galileo, the EU's strategic Satellite Navigation system, "a foretaste of what's to come under the government's Brexit deal".

He said: "A few days before the vote in the House of Commons, it is becoming more and more clear that this deal is the best possible - in fact, the only possible one".

Theresa May has accused Labour of planning a "betrayal of the British people" by voting down her Brexit deal and pushing the country towards a no-deal departure from the EU.

"The backstop and the proposed treaty keep the whole of the United Kingdom in the customs union, which allows the EU to set tax rates, with Northern Ireland in the single market too".

"The day after the prime minister's stage-managed visit to Scotland, during which she failed to engage with any politicians or individuals who oppose her proposals, this unique and positive cooperation between four of the five parties at Holyrood indicates Scotland's strength of feeling on Brexit and the prime minister's untenable position, as well as illustrating the isolation of the (Conservatives) on this matter", they said in a joint statement.

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He added: "I think that the reactions to some of the Treasury analysis have been completely overblown". If you voted Brexit - this isn't Brexit.

"It is expressly referenced in the deal that we have negotiated with the EU".

Mrs May earlier met the Japanese leader, Shinzo Abe, who urged her to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

The decision to back a People's Vote was taken at a meeting of council leaders in Edinburgh today.

Campaigners from Another Europe is Possible and the Labor Campaign for Free Movement took part in a protest against Theresa May's Brexit deal.

Gyimah said Saturday that the agreement was "a deal in name only".

She added: "The view I have had from farmers, employers and sector organisations and others in my trips around the country is that they recognise the importance of this deal and they support this deal".

Gyimah is the seventh member of May's Conservative government to quit over the Brexit deal.

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