No-deal Brexit better than Canada-style deal, says Theresa May

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Prime minister says basic trade deal touted by hardline Tories would risk breakup of UK

A no-deal Brexit would be better for the UK than any Canada-style free trade agreement allowed by the EU, Theresa May has argued as she arrived at a United Nations summit determined to regain control of the narrative after some bruising recent days for her own Chequers proposal.

At the start of a two-day trip to New York, the prime minister knocked down the possibility of a more basic free trade deal with the EU touted by hardline Brexiters in her Conservative party, saying it could prompt the disintegration of the UK.

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