Increased risk United Kingdom parliament acts to frustrate Britain's European Union exit - Brexit minister

There are continuing pro and anti Brexit demonstrators outside the Houses of Parliament in London

Earlier on Friday UK foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said Brexit might not happen at all if May's deal was defeated.

Meanwhile, two of the biggest donors to the Leave campaign said they believed Brexit would eventually be abandoned by the Government and that the United Kingdom would stay in the EU.

Mrs May faced further opposition to her deal from her former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab.

May is fighting doggedly to save her withdrawal agreement - forged during 18 months of gruelling negotiations with European leaders - from a crushing defeat in parliament on Tuesday.

Could a Norway-style Brexit deal gain in popularity? "We will do everything we can to prevent a no deal exit".

'If EU intransigence persists, we must be willing to leave the EU at the end of March on World Trade Organisation terms.

"I think that it is possible that certain types of food that are seasonable and come directly from the continent could be impacted to a limited degree".

Insisting that he had not given up hope of victory in next week's vote, he said: "What is important is for MPs on all sides, Brexiters and Remainers, whatever our disagreements, to say "We are democrats and the most important thing now is to make sure that we really do deliver Brexit".

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He told Marr: "Clearly if Theresa May's deal is voted down, clearly if a general election takes place and a Labour government comes in - an election would take place February, March time - clearly there's only a few weeks between that and the leave date, there would have to be time for those negotiations".

Senior shadow cabinet ministers have also said it will come soon, with shadow justice secretary Richard Brugon telling Sky News on Thursday it will be "a matter of days at the most". I think that what we are seeing is the house asserting itself in the face of its concerns about no deal.

"The risk of parliament acting in a way that frustrates what was the biggest vote in our history has increased", Barclay told BBC TV, adding that it was going to be "challenging" to get parliament to support May's deal in a vote on Tuesday.

If they fail to do so, a general election would be called.

And the prime minister made efforts to reach out to Labour and the unions in an 11th-hour bid to salvage a vote which she is expected to lose by a wide margin.

In addition to recommending that MPs reject both a no-deal Brexit and the Prime Minister's deal, the letter states that the European Union should be asked to extend Article 50 beyond the current March 29 deadline, with a view to then supporting a new referendum on European Union membership.

Pressed for a third time by interviewer Justin Webb on whether she would quit if Mrs May went for the no-deal option, Ms Rudd cut him short by saying: "Thank you very much, Justin".

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