LONDON — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):
The European Union says it has completed preparations for the potentially-chaotic scenario in which Britain leaves the bloc without a Brexit deal, but talks on how to manage the Irish border are continuing.
Amid doubt about whether Britain will endorse the divorce agreement by Friday, the EU says a no-deal Brexit on the new departure date, April 12, “is increasingly likely.”
The European Commission said Monday that “this will obviously cause significant disruption for citizens and businesses,” and noted that Britain will leave “without any transitionary arrangements.”
The commission says it has published 90 preparedness notices for citizens and businesses and made 19 proposals for new legislation.
The remaining 27 EU countries are hiring hundreds of staff to conduct extra border and customs checks.
British Prime Minister Theresa May will be meeting with her Cabinet to map out a strategy for delivering Brexit as she fights to stay in power.
The session comes after a weekend of speculation that she may be forced to resign to win approval of her twice-rejected Brexit deal.
Lawmakers are preparing to debate proposals for a series of votes on alternatives to May’s deal, which could take control of the process away from the government.
Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Monday claimed May had “chickened out” on delivering Brexit this week. Writing in the Telegraph, he says that to win support for her deal she must show that the next phase of negotiations — on future relations with the European Union — will be different.
The Associated Press