Good morning. Because the Brexit disaster deepens, Theresa Could is simply beginning to chair what’s scheduled to be a five-hour cupboard, the place ministers will focus on what may be performed to avert a looming no-deal Brexit on Friday week.
As my colleague Daniel Boffey experiences, in Brussels Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, has stated a no-deal Brexit is turning into “day after day extra doubtless”.
Barnier stated that, if the Commons didn’t vote for the withdrawal settlement inside the subsequent few days, solely two choices would stay: “Leaving with out an settlement or requesting an extended extension of the article 50 interval”.
On Friday Could hinted that, if she couldn’t get her deal via parliament, her desire can be to go for a longish article 50 extension, requiring the UK to participate within the European elections.
However this morning Barnier insisted the EU would want a “sturdy justification” for such a transfer. EU leaders are as a consequence of focus on Brexit at a summit per week tomorrow, and Barnier’s feedback implied that they could refuse one other delay to Brexit. He stated:
The UK could ask for an additional extension. Such an extension would carry important dangers for the EU. Subsequently a powerful justification can be wanted.
He stated companies within the EU had warned Brussels “in opposition to the price of extending uncertainty”. The UK prolonging its standing as a member state whereas nonetheless in search of to go away with a negotiated deal “might pose a danger on our decision-making autonomy”, he added.
Right here is the agenda for the day.
9.30am: Theresa Could chairs a prolonged cupboard assembly. First there shall be a political cupboard, lasting for maybe two hours, and after that there shall be a traditional cupboard.
11.30am: Overseas Workplace questions within the Commons.
After 12.30pm: MPs debate a report admonishing Dominic Cummings, the marketing campaign director of Vote Go away, for contempt of parliament as a result of he refused to present proof to a Commons inquiry into “pretend information” and disinformation.
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UPDATE: I’ve amended the entry concerning the timings of cupboard after experiences that it was going to final 5 hours had been dismissed.