September 5, 2018 / 2:20 PM / 8 months ago

Brexit minister Raab says May's Brexit plan only way to keep UK intact

Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Dominic Raab arrives in Downing Street, London, September 4, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

LONDON (Reuters) - Brexit minister Dominic Raab dismissed suggestions put forward by Brexit supporters for Britain to pursue an enhanced Canada-style free trade deal, saying Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan was the only one to keep the United Kingdom intact.

Some Brexit campaigners in the governing Conservatives, including former Brexit minister David Davis, has suggested that the government should scrap its so-called Chequers plan in favour of pursuing a free trade deal along the lines of the one between the European Union and Canada.

Asked by a committee of lawmakers whether he would agree that an enhanced Canada-style deal took Britain further forward and closer to a deal than Chequers, Raab said: “I don’t understand why anyone of the Brexit flavouring ... would cite that as a credible alternative,” he said, adding that it would involve the EU-proposed backstop for the Northern Irish and Ireland border that May argues would split the United Kingdom.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper and Kylie MacLellan; editing by William James

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