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    UK Cabinet Discussed Risk of Leaving EU Without Deal Being Ratified - Spokesman

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    British ministers agreed to continue to take all necessary actions to prepare for a no-deal scenario at a Cabinet meeting that took place on 26 November.

    According to UK Prime Minister May's spokesman, the Cabinet has discussed preparations for what to do in the event of leaving the EU without a deal being ratified.

    "I am of the opinion that an agreement in principle has been reached in negotiations under Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union … These documents are being presented to Parliament at the earliest opportunity in order to facilitate the fullest possible scrutiny ahead of the parliamentary debate and vote on the approval of these documents," May said in a written ministerial statement, as quoted by the Sky News broadcaster.

    The Brexit deal submitted to the parliament has not yet been formally signed by the sides as it is yet to complete the bloc’s 'jurist-linguist translation process,' the prime minister noted.

    "During that time, minor technical corrections will be made to the text, though these changes will not affect the substance of the agreement. The laying of the withdrawal agreement before Parliament at this stage does not, therefore, trigger any procedures under the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010," May added, according to the broadcaster.

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    Following the EU leaders’ summit, UK Prime Minister Theresa May voiced hope that the UK Parliament would ratify the agreement although it had faced criticism both from the opposition and from the ruling party when she defended it in the House of Commons earlier in the month.

    The United Kingdom voted to leave the bloc in 2016 and is set to depart from the European Union by late March 2019.

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