Brexit: May braced for backlash over immigration warning to EU

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Prime Minister Theresa May's cabinet has agreed that European Union citizens should not have preferential access to work in Britain compared to people from elsewhere after Brexit, media reports said Tuesday.

The British prime minister, who has called for the EU to evolve their negotiating position, will also meet the European Parliament's chief Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt on Monday, her spokesman said.

"The prime minister is a lady of singular wisdom and therefore is likely to recognize the reality that Chequers does not have much support either in this country or overseas", Rees-Mogg said.

Mr Rees-Mogg and most of his European Research Group (ERG) of MPs say leaving the bloc on World Trade Organization (WTO) rules is preferable to Mrs May's "soft" Brexit plan to remain aligned with all EU rules on goods.

"So we will have to move on from Chequers if there is no movement from Barnier in two weeks".

The meeting came as the Department for Exiting the EU (Dexeu) released guidance for United Kingdom businesses and households preparing for a no-deal Brexit, which warned of possible disruption to flights and coach services to the continent.

The Department for Exiting the EU's technical notes warned of a disruption to food supplies and coach firms being unable to operate in the bloc if a deal is not reached.

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Some critics said that the controversial Chequers plan will leave Britain "half in, half out" of the EU.

Prominent Brexiteers David Davis and Jacob Rees-Mogg are among those who support ditching the Chequers plan and replicating the existing Canada model.

May promised last week that even if Brexit negotiations with the EU break down, the rights of Europeans now living in Britain "will be protected". "'So I believe they could fall apart at any time.' Earlier today, McDonnell said he did not want to take the 'option of a people's vote on the table" after Labour has come under increased pressure to back another Brexit referendum.

The latest speculation may further energize the Labour Party conference that started this weekend in Liverpool.

Global banks, insurers, asset managers, private equity firms and exchanges told Reuters they are moving the lowest number of employees possible, as they hold out for a Brexit deal guaranteeing access to the single market.

On Monday, Downing Street insisted that the Chequers plan had not been killed off and that the Cabinet, despite reports, remains committed to it.

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