No deal most likely Brexit outcome for UK ZlotoNews — Liam Fox

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The most likely outcome of the Brexit process is leaving without a deal, according to worldwide trade secretary Liam Fox, amid growing concerns of a chaotic departure from the EU.

"No deal would be a catastrophic failure of government, which no government should survive", he said.

Liam Fox told The Sunday Times newspaper that it was up to the European Union whether an agreement is made, adding that the bloc's "intransigence" was "pushing us towards no deal".

But shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said Prime Minister Theresa May's "reckless red lines" had contributed to the difficulties, along with splits in the Tory ranks and "fantasy Brexiteer promises".

Pro-EU Tories suggested that remaining in the single market was the best way to resolve the situation after the rejection of May's Chequers blueprint by Brussels.

Former Cabinet minister Nicky Morgan said keeping the United Kingdom in the single market as part of the European Economic Area (EEA) or European Free Trade Association (EFTA) was "clearly (the) right option", adding "will PM move that way or does Parliament have to force issue?" But economists say many companies are unprepared.

However, Fox told the Sunday Times that it was "essential" to have no deal as an option to increase the UK's negotiating leverage.

He said Barnier had dismissed the UK's proposals in the Chequers plan thrashed out by May and the Cabinet simply because "we have never done it before".

Adam Marshall, the director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: "Government needs to show that it's doing everything within the UK's control so that businesses know what they would need to deal with on day one".

Labour warned that a no-deal scenario would be a "catastrophic failure of government" in response to Dr Fox's assessment.

On Friday, Mrs May cut her holidays short to meet with French President Emmanuel Macro at his summer retreat, in a bid to discuss Brexit plans.

He said: "We have set out the basis in which a deal can happen but if the European Union decides that the theological obsession of the unelected is to take priority over the economic wellbeing of the people of Europe then it's a bureaucrats' Brexit - not a people's Brexit - then there is only going to be one outcome".

The foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, also said the Brexit process was "heading for no deal by accident", stepping up his warnings about a potential collapse in talks.

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