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Theresa May has 'no clear sense' of how she'll handle no-deal Brexit

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Mrs May feels the depth of Scotland's ire

By Diane Cooke

Theresa May faced a barrage of boos as she visited Edinburgh to meet First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

A crowd gathered around Edinburgh University's Informatics Forum building, where the Prime Minister was visiting to launch a new city deal for Edinburgh and the South East of Scotland.

But as she emerged from the building she was met with deafening jeers from the crowd.

One person was heard shouting: "Any plans for when the government collapses, Theresa?" Others shouted: "Stop Brexit!"

The Prime Minister insisted all parts of the United Kingdom should support the Chequers deal, agreed by the cabinet on Britain's departure from the European Union.

She spoke out after holding talks with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon - with the SNP leader saying afterwards the discussions had failed to ease her concerns that Britain could be forced to quit the EU without a formal agreement.

However, Ms Sturgeon has been accused of having an “agenda” in trying to use Brexit as leverage to ensure that Scotland secures another independence referendum.

Conservative MP Stephen Kerr ridiculed the First Minister for her remarks surrounding Brexit, claiming she was using the UK’s decision to cut ties with Brussels as a “stepping stone”.

Prior to the meeting with the Prime Minister, the First Minister told BBC Scotland that Brexit would be “top of the agenda”.

She said: “With every day that passes, the prospect of a no-deal Brexit or a Brexit with very, very little information about the future relationship seems to become more and more likely.

“Both of those outcomes would be completely unacceptable, absolutely disastrous for our economy, so I hope she can reassure me that neither of those things are going to happen.

“But if she can't, then I hope she will outline her plan-B because we cannot simply take a step off that Brexit cliff-edge next March without knowing what comes next.”

Meanwhile, Sterling slumped against the dollar again on Monday morning after UK government ministers talked up the prospects of a no-deal Brexit in March.

The currency was down 0.36 per cent against the dollar at $1.2959, close to an 11 month low.

Against the euro, sterling was trading at €1.1212, down 0.2 per cent on the day.

International trade secretary, Liam Fox, said over the weekend there was now a “60-40” chance of the UK crashing out of the European Union without a withdrawal agreement due to the “intransigence of the EU”.

Just over a year ago, Dr Fox declared confidently that a trade deal with the European Union would be "one of the easiest in human history".

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