No-deal Brexit more likely by the day - Barnier

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Published on April 3, 2019 - Duration: 01:58s

No-deal Brexit more likely by the day - Barnier

Britain has become more likely in the recent days to crash out of the European Union without a divorce agreement, the bloc's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Tuesday.

Francesca Lynagh reports.


No-deal Brexit more likely by the day - Barnier

Britain is more and more likely to crash out of the EU without a deal by the day.

That's according to EU chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) EUROPEAN UNION CHIEF BREXIT NEGOTIATOR MICHEL BARNIER, SAYING: ''The only way to avoid a no-deal Brexit, is and will be through a positive majority.'' His comments came just hours after British lawmakers failed again on Monday (April 1) to reach any majorities - continuing the Brexit deadlock.

In this week's indicative vote, lawmakers voted on four last-minute options for Brexit - and all were defeated.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, JOHN BERCOW, SAYING: "The noes have it // The noes have it // The noes have it // The noes have it" MPs have now failed to find their own solution on how exactly Britain should Brexit - twice.

And have voted down the Prime Minister's proposal - three times.

The option that came closest to winning a majority on Monday was to keep Britain in a customs union - which was defeated by just three votes.

So - what next?

There are hints from May's government that she could try to put her deal forward for a fourth time.

And the leader of the opposition Labour party is pushing for a third round of indicative votes: (SOUNDBITE) (English) OPPOSITION LEADER, JEREMY CORBYN, SAYING: The margin of defeat for one of the options tonight was very narrow indeed […] If it's good enough for the prime minister to have three chances at her deal, then I suggest possibly the house has a chance to consider again the options that we had before us today in a debate on Wednesday." Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday (April 2) urged Britain to come up with a plan to break the Brexit impasse... warning that a disorderly no deal Brexit would be Britain's own making.

As things stand, Britain will leave the EU at 10pm on April 12.

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