Barnier says chaotic Brexit becomes ever more likely

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. (Francisco Seco, AP)
EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. (Francisco Seco, AP)

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier says that Britain's exit from the European Union without a deal "becomes day after day more likely" after the UK parliament again rejected alternatives to the government's unpopular divorce deal.

Despite the downbeat assessment, Barnier did say that "we can still hope to avoid it" through intensive work in London ahead of an April 10 summit. A no-deal Brexit could come as soon two days after that.

Despite the difficulties of a chaotic exit, "the EU will be able to manage", Barnier said, although he warned that "not everything will be smooth".

Exit without a deal would affect trade and travel overnight, with new checks on borders and new regulations on dealings between Britain and the 27 remaining EU nations.

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