BRUSSELS – EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier warned on Tuesday that Britain's disorderly exit from the EU is more likely by day unless Britain drastically changes its spiral course toward an unused Brexit.
"As things stand now, the possibility of non-agreement seems likely to tell you the truth," Barnier said to European lawmakers.
Despite the gruesome assessment, Barnier said "we can still hope to avoid it" through intensive work in London prior to a April 10 EU summit. A no-deal Brexit could come as soon as two days after that.
"We still have some patience," Barnier said, but urged British legislators and the government to take a more realistic approach as soon as possible.
Completion without an agreement in place would endanger trade and travel overnight with new border controls and new rules for relations between Britain and the 27 remaining EU countries.
He warned that although the EU is prepared for a chaotic exit, challenges remain. "Being prepared for no agreement does not mean there will be no disturbance," he said.
"Not everything will be smooth, there will be problems. Being prepared means that all unforeseen problems need to be managed at EU level," Barnier said.
The EU had negotiated a long transition period with British Prime Minister Theresa May but it was linked to the overall agreement rejected by the United Kingdom Parliament so far.
"There is no transition if there is no agreement", Barnier described.
Barnier insisted that the EU should not wanted to renegotiate the 585-page withdrawal agreement, but said he was willing to open up the political statement that came with the text.
"If Britain wants, we are ready to recast the political statement as long as the fundamental principles in the EU is respected, "he said.
In Britain, political chaos continued to rule.
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That voting result left corn conservative government facing difficult and risky choices. It can play on a fourth attempt to push the deal through parliament, let Britain clear out of the block without a deal or roll the dice by seeking a snapshot to shake up the house.
May has called her cabinet for a marathon session which the government is trying to find a way out of the crisis. The cabinet is scheduled to meet for five hours Tuesday amid calls to compromise to prevent a potentially devastating no-deal exit.
The government is pushing for a fourth vote on maize agreement, with Minister of Education Damian Hinds saying that the deal already represents a compromise in the Brexit debate.
"The deal is an agreement that can appeal to both the people who voted abandoned and to the people who voted," he told the BBC.
The alternative plan that received the greatest support in Parliament on Monday was a proposal for a customs union which did not have only three votes. This rejection can be seen positively in May's camp, which discusses bringing the case back to parliament in the cabinet, police officer Anand Menon said.
"The mood will be relatively optimistic, because the government will still think it is with a chance to win its meaningful voice," said Menon Associated Press. "Now I think they might be able to keep it together, because actually Parliament is not threatened with anything that can share it."