Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the Government was getting "positive" signals from European capitals about progress in the Brexit talks.

"I think the signals we are getting are reasonably positive. I don't want to overstate them because I still think there's a lot of work to do, but I think they do understand that we are being sincere," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

HeraldScotland: Jeremy Hunt said that although the UK would "find a way to prosper" in a no-deal scenarioJeremy Hunt said that although the UK would "find a way to prosper" in a no-deal scenario

"I think that they are beginning to realise that we can get a majority in Parliament because they are seeing the signals coming from the people who voted against the deal before who are saying, crucially, that they are prepared to be reasonable about how we get to that position that we can't legally be trapped in the backstop."

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Mr Hunt said that although the UK would "find a way to prosper" in a no-deal scenario, it would cause "huge disruption", adding: "I don't think anyone in the Cabinet wants no deal."

Leave-backing former minister Suella Braverman said that a no-deal Brexit would not be "Armageddon" and the UK could be "good to go" for withdrawal on World Trade Organisation terms this month.

Ms Braverman, who quit as Brexit minister in November in protest at Theresa May's deal, said she would not vote for an extension of the Article 50 process to delay withdrawal beyond March 29 if no deal is in place.

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"I don't think we would see the Armageddon that's been predicted," she told Sky News.

"I am not saying a WTO Brexit would be without challenge, but those challenges are surmountable. We have already put in place extensive plans and contingency measures - so have the EU and other member states - to minimise any disruption.

"At Dover, Operation Brock is there to accommodate any potential queues, but it is very possible that they might not even materialise, because of arrangements.

"At the end of the day, French and German importers will want to get their goods to purchasers in the UK. There may be political postulating but business and jobs will matter more than a speech by Emmanuel Macron."