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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May addresses the House of Commons on the poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia on March 14. Parliament TV handout via Reuters

Theresa May defends Brexit plan after Cabinet departures

LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May has defended her post-Brexit trade plan that sparked Cabinet resignations, saying it is the only way to avoid a hard border with Ireland.

May told the House of Commons on Monday that her program — which would allow the free movement of goods, but not services — is the “right Brexit ” because it would make it possible to avoid checks at the border between the republic and Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland is part of the U.K.

Lawmakers howled as a beleaguered May paid tribute to two senior members of her Cabinet who resigned rather than accept her proposals.

May said: “What we are proposing is challenging for the EU. It requires them to think again, to look beyond the positions they have taken so far and to agree a new and fair balance of rights and obligations.”

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