Rudd says May’s Brexit deal is best and only op­tion

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>> LON­DON: Bri­tain’s work and pen­sions minister Am­ber Rudd said Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal was the best op­tion and the only plan avail­able for leav­ing the Euro­pean Union, al­though she ad­mit­ted a plan B might be needed.

Members of parliament look set to vote down Ms May’s deal on Tues­day, a move which risks hurtling the world’s fifth-largest econ­omy into even deeper uncer­tainty and leav­ing open a num­ber of pos­si­ble out­comes in­clud­ing a dis­or­derly Brexit.

“The best deal we have is the one the Prime Minister’s put for­ward,” Ms Rudd told BBC ra­dio yes­ter­day.

Ms May has said law­mak­ers must back her with­drawal deal or face ei­ther a painful ‘no-deal’ exit from the EU or pos­si­bly no Brexit at all, but Ms Rudd said a ‘Plan B’ might be re­quired.

“If it [May’s plan] doesn’t get through any­thing could hap­pen: peo­ple’s vote, Nor­way plus, any of these op­tions could come for­ward,” she said.

Ms Rudd said that even if Ms May loses Tues­day’s vote she should stay on as prime minister.

“There is no ques­tion of her go­ing,” she said.

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