EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels this morning
A no-deal Brexit is now more likely but can still be avoided, the EU’s chief negotiator has said.
Michel Barnier said a long extension to the UK’s current 12 April exit date carried “significant risks for the EU” and that a “strong justification would be needed” before the EU would agree.
…In the Commons votes on Monday, MPs rejected a customs union with the EU by three votes. A motion for another referendum got the most votes in favour, but still lost.
One suggestion has been the possibility of a general election – but former foreign secretary Boris Johnson told BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg that would be likely to “infuriate” voters.
With Nick Boles' departure the parliamentary numbers are as follows:
Govt (Con + DUP)= 323
All opposition= 318
So 3 Tory MPs rebel in conf motion (assuming all opposition MPs vote against) and this govt is out.
That isn't guaranteed but shows how precarious govt is.
— Lewis Goodall (@lewis_goodall) April 2, 2019