The EU has finalized its preparations for Britain leaving the bloc without a divorce deal in place, the European Commission announced Monday.
A "no-deal" Brexit is looking increasingly likely, according to the EU, and the bloc has revealed its contingency plan for that scenario. But it warned the measures could only reduce disruption, not prevent it, reports DW.
At a summit in Brussels last week, EU leaders offered the UK two different options to push back its exit from the bloc, which was scheduled to take place on March 29. If British lawmakers vote in favor of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s divorce deal with the EU, Brexit can be delayed until May 22 in order to ratify the text.
If Parliament does not approve the deal, the EU offered a shorter extension until April 12. The UK would then have to decide whether it wants to have a longer delay and take part in European Parliament elections — or leave on April 12 with no deal.