May still believes UK will win a good Brexit deal

LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May still believes that Britain will negotiate a good Brexit deal with the European Union rather than failing to win any agreement for its departure from the bloc, her spokesman said on Monday.
The spokesman told reporters that Trade Minister Liam Fox was right to highlight in an interview at the weekend the risk of Britain crashing out from the EU, which helped push the pound down to an 11-month low.
“We continue to believe that a deal is the most likely outcome because reaching a good deal is not only in the interests of the UK, it is in the interests of the EU and its 27 members,” the spokesman said.
However, British voters approval of May’s handling of Brexit negotiations has fallen to 22 per cent, according to the ORB International pollster on Monday, the lowest figure it has recorded.
Approval of the government’s handling of Brexit talks rose as high as 55 per cent in the first half of 2017 but has since fallen as the government struggles to strike a deal on Britain’s future relationship with the European Union.
According to the poll of around 2,000 adults, 60 per cent of voters were not confident May would get the right deal, up from 56 per cent last month while 22 per cent thought she would get the right deal and the rest didn’t know.With a little more than eight months to go before Britain is due to leave the bloc on March 29, 2019, May’s government, parliament, the public and businesses remain deeply divided over what form Brexit should take.
May’s plans to keep a close trading relationship with the EU on goods thrust her government into crisis last month and there is speculation she could face a leadership challenge after two of her most senior ministers resigned in protest. — Reuters