The EU suggests Theresa May's Brexit plans could be illegal

London Mayor Boris Johnson delivers'Vote Leave speech in Dartford Kent Britain 11 March 2016

"While the European Union is working day and night for a deal ensuring an orderly withdrawal, the UK's withdrawal will undoubtedly cause disruption, for example in business supply chains, whether or not there is a deal", the Commission said in a statement.

Their published warning points to the 60 "preparedness notes" done by the commission on specific legal consequences of Brexit.

'Tthe UK will no longer be a member state after withdrawal and will no longer enjoy the same benefits as a member, ' the commission said.

The EU has proposed a "backstop" solution, to be in place until a satisfactory free-trade deal or technological solution is found, under which Northern Ireland effectively stays in the single market and customs union while the rest of the United Kingdom leaves.

That could mean, for example, companies seeking authorisations in another EU-27 member state they have originally secured from the United Kingdom, or for professionals to request the recognition of United Kingdom qualifications elsewhere.

European Union officials said they did not have an estimated cost of Brexit.

"Let us again aim explicitly for that glorious vision of Lancaster House - a strong, independent self-governing Britain that is genuinely open to the world, not the miserable permanent limbo of Chequers", he said.

"We are working very hard for having a Withdrawal Agreement with the United Kingdom and this is why Michel Barnier will have another negotiation round today", said a Commission spokesperson. "That is why I'm a little bit nervous", Germany's European affairs minister Michael Roth said on arrival for the Brussels meeting. You have to prepare yourself for no agreement.

The fresh threats comes just months before the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, although at the current state of the negotiations is yet not clear whether Britain will still abide to the rules of the single market after March 2019. Several other junior ministers have also resigned.

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The Commission's document says "planning for the worst possible outcome is not a sign of mistrust in negotiations", stressing a deal remains their goal.

"The situation in London is very volatile, the situation is very unclear, I think nobody can tell you what will be the political situation in the United Kingdom now".

She will strongly reject the EU's proposal for a backstop stating it would mean the creation of a border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

May's blueprint would see Britain ask the European Union for a free trade area for goods through a "facilitated customs arrangement" alongside a "common rulebook". It has now also been criticised by May's rebel hardline Brexiteer Conservative MPs.

The plan has infuriated fervent Brexit supporters, who think sticking close to the bloc would limit Britain's ability to strike new trade deals around the world.

"We will not have loopholes in the external border of the single market", one official warned.

Arriving in Brussels for a meeting of EU ministers with the bloc's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, France's European affairs minister, Nathalie Loiseau, said the acceptance by the United Kingdom prime minister of amendments backed by hardline Tory leavers had further complicated the already troubled talks.

"We've only got 12 weeks really left to nail down the details of the agreement, so I set out our proposals", Raab said after meeting Barnier.

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