Published: Mon, April 08, 2019
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

EU Official Says No-Deal Brexit Becoming More Likely

EU Official Says No-Deal Brexit Becoming More Likely

Scotland's First Minister Nicolas Sturgeon - a pro-EU lawmaker who heads the much smaller opposition SNP party - said she hoped "Labour doesn't sell out here for a bad deal".

Labour is formally committed to enacting voters' decision to leave the European Union, but numerous party's lawmakers want a new referendum that could keep Britain in the bloc. May said Tuesday she would seek another Brexit delay and hold talks with the opposition to seek a compromise, but it's unclear whether that will lift the uncertainty for businesses.

"I truly believe we should have honoured the result of the 2016 Referendum and left on that date".

"Crucially, the government stands ready to abide by the decision of the house", she said on Tuesday.

Her cross-party talks - after nearly three years of seeking to push through her own version of a Brexit divorce deal - came amid European Union warnings that a damaging withdrawal without a plan is growing more likely by the day.

An earlier round is followed by the votes in Parliament of monday last week at which none of the eight Brexit options available guaranteed a majority. Two ministers, Welsh minister Nigel Adams and DExEU minister Chris Heaton-Harris, have already quit at the Prime Minister's decision to hold talks with Corbyn.

"Continuous votes on outcomes that the majority know will be rejected by the European Union anyway are wasting time, and it's only now that we are taking the prospect of no deal seriously enough".

The leaders' meeting is expected to take place as a cross-party group of senior MPs launches a separate attempt to force the PM to stop a no-deal Brexit by tabling legislation requiring her to delay Britain's withdrawal beyond April 12.

Pro-EU Labour lawmaker Ben Bradshaw warned: "It is clearly a trap created to try to get May's awful deal through, which some people have fallen for, but Labour mustn't".

If the EU grants an extension beyond May 22, it is understood it would be possible for the United Kingdom to prepare for the European Parliament elections on May 23, but then cancel them at the last minute if the withdrawal deal was ratified. And we must prevent the calamity of a Corbyn government.

Mr Coveney said Dublin and the EU Commission were trying to work out how best to respond to a no-deal scenario to ensure the Good Friday Agreement was protected, but also that physical infrastructure on the border was avoided. She has repeatedly said she did not want an extension which would see Britain having to take part in European Parliament elections on May 23.

The prime minister added that if "a single unified approach" cannot be reached, "then we would instead agree a number of options for the future relationship that we could put to the House in a series of votes to determine which course to pursue".

Adams, in his letter, accused the prime minister of "cooking up" a deal with Corbyn "who has never once in his political life put British interests first".

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