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May: UK to seek further Brexit delay, try to break logjam

May: UK to seek further Brexit delay, try to break logjam

But he warned that such an extension would not automatically be granted by the other 27 European Union leaders when they meet at an April 10 emergency summit.

Hard-line Brexiteers, such as former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, hit out at the prime minister for agreeing to hold talks with Labour's socialist leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

Almost three years since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in a shock 2016 referendum, British politics is in crisis and it is unclear how, when or if it will ever leave the club it first joined in 1973.

"As things stand now, the no-deal option looks likely". Speaking to ITV's Peston programme he said: "Some ideas have been put forward which are not deliverable, they are not negotiable but the confirmatory referendum idea, many people will disagree with it, I'm not sure there is a majority in parliament for it, but it's a perfectly credible proposition and it deserves to be tested in parliament".

He said Britain could still accept deal agreed by May, reiterating it was "the only way" for Britain to leave the bloc in an orderly way.

Cooper's move came a day after MPs failed to reach to find a majority behind any of alternative Brexit proposals Monday night.

"We're in a situation where the expressed will of parliament is for some form of deal".

Exiting without a deal in place would jeopardize trade and travel, with new checks on borders and new regulations on dealings between the European Union and Britain.

The British prime minister will hold five hours of crisis talks with her cabinet Tuesday, with the pro- and anti-Brexit factions in her top team set to clash over the best way forward.

Amid all the uncertainty, analysts have said the economic impact in Britain could be massive. If no deal is reached by then, or no new extension is granted, the United Kingdom will automatically leave with no deal.

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Earlier, Mr Barnier said: "No deal was never our desire or intended scenario but the European Union 27 is now prepared". "Being prepared for no deal does not mean that there will be no disruption", he said.

"We still have a little bit of patience", Barnier said, but urged British legislators and the government to take a more realistic approach as soon as possible.

"We are disappointed that MPs have chosen to back this bill", a government spokesman said.

Lawmakers desperate to avoid a chaotic exit have seized control of the parliamentary agenda to pass a hastily drafted bill that compels May to ask for an extension to the Brexit deadline if a no-deal departure is looming.

"We can not spend the coming months on solving terms for the divorce", Macron said before he and Varadkar met in Paris.

The EU negotiated a long post-Brexit transition period with May.

"There is no transition if there is no deal", Barnier warned.

Meanwhile, a senior Polish MEP, Danuta Maria Hübner, who sits on the European parliament's Brexit steering committee, told BBC Radio 4 that she feared it would be a "political effort to convince 27 member states to continue with this process of extension".

May's decision to call an unusually long Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, including a political session, further fueled expectations that Britain might be heading for its second election in as many years.