MPs to reject British PM's Brexit deal: ex-minister

British Prime Minister Theresa May is seen at NATO headquarters in Brussels

In a stark warning, former Brexit minister Steve Baker said the Conservative Party faces a "catastrophic split" if Theresa May sticks to her Chequers plan for future relations with the EU.

Theresa May should leave office once she has agreed a Brexit deal with Brussels and steered it through parliament, according to her former policy chief.

On Tuesday, the European Research Group of eurosceptic Conservatives met in London for their regular weekly discussion.

He said: "It is worth thinking about (the various scenarios) because everyone in Parliament who is enjoying making categoric statements about being against Chequers or against "no deal" is now loading the revolver for a game of Russian roulette, with a lot more than Brexit at stake".

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The controversial agreement, which set out a blueprint for the future relationship with the European Union following Brexit, has led to the resignation of then-Brexit Secretary David Davis and Johnson.

"My view is the best option is Free Trade Plus".

Both sides hope to reach a deal by early November on the terms of the divorce and the outlines of a future trading relationship.

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said the EU will not allow Britain to participate only in some parts of the bloc's single market after Brexit without honouring all of the rules.

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Michael Gove, May's environment minister and a leading Brexiteer, told BBC radio: "I want to ensure that we get a solid vote, which I'm sure we will, when the prime minister brings back the treaty", adding lawmakers should rally behind May.

"After a weekend in which Boris Johnson, former United Kingdom foreign secretary, lambasted Mrs May's Brexit strategy as wrapping "a suicide vest around the British constitution", any positive signals from the European Union would provide a rare fillip for the British prime minister". We have wrapped a suicide vest around the British constitution - and handed the detonator to Michel Barnier.

A number of MPs told how they had submitted letters of no confidence to Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee, and others discussed plans to follow suit. Under Conservative rules, a leadership election is triggered if 15 percent of Conservative lawmakers, now 48 out of its 315 members of parliament (MPs), demand a vote of no confidence.

The biggest obstacle still to be resolved in the talks is the question of how to avoid customs checks and police at the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, once the United Kingdom has left the bloc.

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In that event, Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth said a so-called "hard Brexit" could result in the "worst of times" for the U.K. He said the U.K.is the company's "home" but that a hard Brexit would cost Jaguar Land Rover, which is owned by India's Tata Motors, more than 1.2 billion pounds ($1.6 billion) a year.

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