A cross-party group of Members of Parliament has put forward a bill to prevent a no-deal Brexit in 10 days’ time. If passed into law, the bill would require the Prime Minister to ask for an extension of Article 50, which mandates the UK’s exit date from the EU – beyond the current April twelfth deadline.
Labour lawmaker, Yvette Cooper presented the bill for debate today. In March, Members of Parliament voted against leaving the EU without a deal, but it was not legally binding.
Meanwhile, the EU’s chief negotiator has said a no-deal Brexit is now more likely but can still be avoided. Michel Barnier said a long extension to the UK’s April twelfth exit date had “significant risks for the EU” and a “strong justification would be needed”.
Leaving the EU without a deal is the default legal option if the UK cannot present another viable alternative to EU leaders, who are set to hold an emergency Brexit summit on April 10.