UK ‘could still be facing no deal’

There is a real risk that the UK could find itself facing a choice between a no-deal Brexit or no Brexit again in October, former British ambassador to France Lord Ricketts has warned.

“The events of recent months have been chaotic and unpredictable and I don’t suppose they have done Britain’s reputation abroad any good,” said the crossbench peer and former diplomat.

“There’s been a lot of inability to decide and Parliament has been clearer on what it doesn’t want than what it does want, and that remains the case.”

There will be UK local elections on May 2, and then, probably, the EU elections on May 23.

In the meantime, Lord Ricketts saw little chance of the UK government and opposition coming to an agreement, via cross-party talks, on a mutually-acceptable form of Brexit, with changes ...

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