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‘UK deadlock makes no-deal Brexit more likely,’ says EU’s Michel Barnier

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The move, announced on Tuesday, is meant to prevent a potentially chaotic no-deal exit on April 12, following a third parliamentary defeat for May's Brexit divorce deal.

If May can not get her deal ratified by parliament then she has a choice between leaving without a deal, trying to trigger an election, or asking the European Union for a long delay to negotiate a Brexit agreement with a much closer relationship with the bloc.

Al Jazeera's Neave Barker - reporting from outside 10 Downing Street, May's official residence - said senior ministers had been in talks for nearly seven hours.

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".

Membership of the EU customs union, with its single tariff regime and common trade policy, would destroy one of the main prizes of leaving the bloc for Brexit supporters: setting Britain free of European rules to be able to strike trade deals with other countries around the world.

May says the only way to guarantee Britain does not leave the European Union without a deal is for Parliament to back her deal, which lawmakers have already rejected three times.

"Brexit is becoming soft to the point of disintegration", said Johnson, who resigned as foreign minister last July.

"We need to be clear what such an extension is for to ensure we leave in a timely and orderly way", she said.

Two high-profile lawmakers, Oliver Letwin and Yvette Cooper, are leading a push to force the government to extend the U.K.'s European Union membership to avoid a disruptive no-deal divorce. Pro-EU legislators argue it is worse than the U.K.'s current status as an EU member. "The British Parliament has said itself that it doesn't want a disorderly Brexit".

After a seven-hour Cabinet meeting, May announced a significant softening of her Brexit terms.

"I recognise my responsibility to represent the people that supported Labour in the last election and the people who didn't support Labour but nevertheless want certainty and security for their own future - and that's the basis on which we will meet her and we will have those discussions", Corbyn said.

But Montgomeryshire Tory MP Glyn Davies said the approach was "sensible".

As for the 17.4 million people who voted to leave the European Union, they're not sure what Brexit should look like either, but it's clear that Parliament is not delivering what was imagined almost three years ago.

The impasse has already delayed Brexit for at least two weeks beyond the planned departure date to 2200 GMT on April 12.

But the divorce deal she negotiated with the European Union has been rejected by Parliament three times, leaving Britain facing a no-deal Brexit that could cause turmoil for people and businesses on both sides of the Channel.

On Wednesday French President Emmanuel Macron emerged from a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar to say that the EU's consent to a Brexit delay should not be taken for granted.

Earlier, a cross-party group of MPs put forward a bill to prevent a no-deal Brexit in 10 days' time.

On Monday (1 April), the United Kingdom government asked the country's Electoral Commission in a letter to begin "contingency preparations for European Parliament Elections" in case they were required.

On Monday, Parliament voted on four alternative proposals to May's rejected deal after lawmakers seized control of the schedule from the government.

"It's up to London to say it, and to say it now", he said. "The EU can not be held hostage to the resolution of a political crisis in the United Kingdom on a long-term basis".

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