Brexit secretary dismisses rumours PM could call a vote to save Chequers proposal

The Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab, has dismissed claims Theresa May could call a snap general election in the autumn to save her Brexit plans as he played down the chances of the government pivoting towards a Canada-style free trade deal.

The cabinet minister said it was “for the birds” to suggest the prime minister could go to the country after Brussels rejected her Chequers proposals at a summit in Salzburg last week. “It’s not going to happen,” he said on Sunday.

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