Cabinet to meet for Brexit crunch talks after Commons deadlock

Theresa May is preparing for talks with her Cabinet today after MPs once again failed to agree on proposals that would have outlined the next steps in the Brexit process.

A customs union with the EU was rejected by three votes, while a motion that called for a second referendum got the most votes in favour, but failed to get a majority.

The UK is due to leave the EU on 12th April, but could yet seek an extension if no agreement is reached in time.

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay told MPs that if they wanted to secure a further delay from the EU, the government must be able to put forward a “credible proposition” as to what it would do.

The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, said he now saw three scenarios moving forward: the PM’s deal passing in a further so-called “meaningful vote”, the UK requesting an extension to Brexit, or the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

“No deal was never our desire or intended scenario but the EU 27 is now prepared,” he said. “It becomes day after day more likely.”

Barnier added that any extension carried “significant risks for the EU” and that a “strong justification would be needed” before the EU would agree.

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