The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator told Britain on Wednesday that time was too short to find an alternative to the Irish border arrangement agreed in their divorce deal, as London wants, and that this deal was not open for renegotiation.
Britain is working hard for a Brexit deal but it would still be prudent to put in place contingency measures in case no agreement is reached, UK financial services minister John Glen said on Monday.
The EU and European governments warned that the British parliament’s rejection of a Brexit deal heightens the risk of a disorderly withdrawal from the bloc.
Prime Minister Theresa May will on Wednesday face a confidence vote after MPs overwhelmingly rejected her deal to leave the European Union, leaving Britain with no plan as it hurtles towards Brexit on March 29.
British lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to reject the EU divorce deal struck between London and Brussels, in a historic vote that leaves Brexit hanging in the balance.