May's way: Prime minister unmoved ahead of expected Brexit vote defeat

British prime minister Theresa May speaks with US president Donald Trump during the G20 summit in Buenos Aires

Asked whether she was putting pressure on Tory MPs to fall in behind her plan, Mrs May said: "Obviously we're talking to colleagues about this vote".

"We can't negotiate and sign trade deals until we have left the European Union, once we have we will be able to do that".

Mr Tusk said in Buenos Aires Friday morning: "Many leaders will certainly have questions about Brexit, therefore let me say this".

And she warned: "A divided country is not a country that prospers".

"A few days before the vote in the House of Commons, it is becoming more and more clear that this deal is the best possible - in fact, the only possible one", Tusk said.

She poured cold water on the idea - widely touted as a means of attracting wavering Remain MPs - of shifting to a Norway-style arrangement involving membership of the European Free Trade Association (Efta) and the European Economic Area (EEA), pointing out that this would not allow the United Kingdom to end freedom of movement for European workers.

The deal has been criticized by both Eurosceptic and Europhiles among her own Conservative Party lawmakers.

The Bank of England also warned that leaving without a deal would trigger a financial crisis.

This category includes the likes of Esther McVey, who resigned from the Cabinet on November 15 saying "I can not vote for this deal", and Suella Braverman, who resigned from the Government on the same day saying she was "unable to sincerely support the deal".

She made clear that she wants to use a TV debate ahead of the Commons vote to go on the attack on Labour's position, rather than refighting battles with hard Brexiteers or advocates of a second referendum.

This will come as a shock to the DUP, large swathes of Brexiters and Remainers in her party, as well as Labour, Nicola Sturgeon, and others.

DUP leader Arlene Foster and party deputy leader Nigel Dodds
DUP leader Arlene Foster and party deputy leader Nigel Dodds

Parliament will begin five days of debate on December 4, with the final vote due to be held on December 11.

"I've got a plan".

"The message I get from members of the public is that they want the Government to do that, they want us to deliver Brexit and we want to do it in a way that protects people's jobs". "In the lead up to what is a crucial vote, you will see more of that".

"We don't see any alternative coming forward from the Labour Party".

He added: "I think that the reactions to some of the Treasury analysis have been completely overblown".

"Without a backstop there is no deal".

"This is about what is in the national interest, " she said.

Pressed over whether she is drawing up a Plan B in case of defeat in the Commons, Mrs May said: "The focus of myself and the Government is on the vote taking place on December 11".

"I'm very happy to tell President Trump and others that we will have an independent trade policy, because we will have an independent trade policy, we will be able to do trade deals", she said.

Mrs May said she was ready to use the G20 summit to correct suggestions by United States president Donald Trump - who is also in Buenos Aires - that her deal would leave the UK unable to forge a trade agreement with America. Campaigners from Another Europe is Possible and the Labor Campaign for Free Movement took part in a protest against Theresa May's Brexit deal.

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