EU Official Says No-Deal Brexit Becoming More Likely

UK lawmakers reject Brexit deal alternatives, as fears of messy departure grow

UK lawmakers reject Brexit deal alternatives, as fears of messy departure grow

"This debate, this division, can not drag on much longer", May said in a statement to television cameras at her 10 Downing Street office.

If Britain's two major political parties could not "agree on a single, unified approach", Parliament would be given another chance to indicate its preferred way, Mrs May said.

"Even if, after today, we don't know what the end result will be, let us be patient", he tweeted - a suggestion the European Union would wait for the U.K.to present a clear plan.

British Prime Minister Theresa May tore up her Brexit strategy on Tuesday, declaring the United Kingdom would need to seek another delay to the process of leaving the European Union and offering cross-party talks to break the political deadlock.

Despite the downbeat assessment, Barnier did say that "we can still hope to avoid it" through intensive work in London ahead of an April 10 summit.

Lawmakers failed on Monday to find a majority of their own for any alternative plan ranging from a permanent customs union to a confirmatory referendum on any deal and a revocation of the divorce papers to avoid a no-deal crash-out.

In a statement after a seven-hour Cabinet meeting, May said that she understands some people are "fed up" and ready to leave the bloc on April 12 without a deal.

"But leaving with a deal is the best solution".

Britain voted by 52 percent to leave the European Union in a 2016 referendum, but the process has been mired in divisions over the terms of the divorce and what kind of future ties to seek. "The British parliament has said itself that it doesn't want a disorderly Brexit", German Chancellor Angela Merkel said. In both cases, devices were attached to the tracks that were meant to disrupt services - though they failed.

And - with political chaos in London, and European business rattled by the uncertainty surrounding Brexit - Brussels is unenthusiastic.

"If the government won't act urgently then Parliament has a responsibility to try to ensure that happens, even though we are right up against the deadline".

The narrowest defeat - 276 votes to 273 - was for a plan to keep Britain in a customs union with the EU, guaranteeing smooth and tariff-free trade in goods.

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"We can not avoid failure for them".

The chief Brexit negotiator also pointed out that a long postponement of Brexit would entail the need for the United Kingdom to hold the European Parliament elections in May and nominate United Kingdom representatives for the new European Commission.

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator said this morning: "A no deal was never our desired or intended scenario, it was never my desire or intended scenario".

"I don't have any fear of no-deal", she said.

Ford of Europe Chairman Steven Armstrong told The Associated Press that "a no-deal Brexit would be a disaster for the automotive industry in the U.K".

"Since December 2017, the European Commission, under the authority of president Jean-Claude Junker, has reached out to all the economic sectors and stakeholders, in particular we have published 90 notices to help all businesses and stakeholders prepare in all sectors".

That leaves the country facing a disruptive no-deal Brexit in 10 days.

And Speaker John Bercow just blocked the Brexiteers first attempt to stop the bill when he rejected Bill Cash's claim that it would be "unconstitutional" for such a bill to be "rammed through in one day".

For Prime Minister Theresa May the nightmare goes on, she's lost control of her party, the Parliament and apparently the future of her withdrawal agreement. May is expected to try to put her deal to a fourth vote this week.

On Monday night parliament voted down four options proposed by lawmakers for how to move forward, ranging from the idea of retaining key elements of European Union membership, to holding a new referendum.

"It's up to London to say it, and to say it now", he said.

Ten days out and this time, unless something or someone gives, no deal Brexit here we come.

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