Brexit SHOCK: UK leaving with no deal ‘almost certainly‘ won‘t happen – ‘REASON is simple‘

Prime Minister Theresa May has been trying to secure concessions to her withdrawal agreement so she can get her deal through the House of Commons, with concerns remaining over the controversial backstop mechanism. Speaking on , Dr Richard Barbrook claimed the prospect of a Brexit no deal had been dashed because of the trading difficulties that will be caused if there is no agreement. Dr Barbrook, from the University of Westminster, said: “I think no deal is almost certainly now not going to happen.”

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Explaining why MPs would vote against a Brexit no deal, Dr Barbrook said: “The reason is quite simple. Anyone who knows about how the EU operates as a regulatory union, knows essentially we can’t export anything into the rest of the , and it is extremely difficult to import into this country.

“We are very very dependent on the fact that our economy has been over the past 40-years been integrated into the European Union.”

Dr Barbrook warned this prospect could lead to the “emptying” of supermarket shelves and medical supplies not getting into the country, and claimed no party in Britain would want to be held responsible that kind of exit.

Commenting on the state of negotiations this week, the Labour Party activist, Dr Barbrook said: “I think what the European Union said was that the deal was done back in November.

Brexit news: Dr Richard Barbrook claimed a Brexit no deal was now highly unlikely (Image: RT•GETTY)

I think no deal is almost certainly now not going to happen

Dr Richard Barbrook

“This is all just play acting to try and get through the deal which was rejected by 230 votes, a few weeks ago. I think this is just to keep people entertained.”

Earlier this week, Michel Barnier held a meeting with Attorney General Geoffrey Cox and Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay to try to break the Brexit deadlock.

Arriving back in London on Wednesday, Mr Cox told the : “This is a moment where we are in the midst of the very heart of discussions.

“We have made very reasonable, very coherent, very detailed proposals. We are resuming talks soon and we shall have to see where they go. But we are having a good dialogue and a good exchange of views.”

Asked if he was confident of getting a solution, Mr Cox said: “We will have to see. We are certainly constructively engaging at the moment.”

Mr Barnier told the weekly meeting of the College of Commissioners in Brussels that the negotiations were proving “difficult”.

The commission‘s chief spokesman Margaritis Schinas told reporters: “Michel Barnier was present and informed the commissioners that while the talks take place in a constructive atmosphere, discussions have been difficult.

“No solution has been identified at this point that is consistent with the Withdrawal Agreement, including the protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland which, as you all know, will not be reopened.”

The Prime Minister confirmed she will put her withdrawal agreement – including whatever additional assurances she has secured from Brussels – to a “meaningful vote” by March 12.

If that fails, MPs will be offered two separate votes – one on a no-deal Brexit, and the other on requesting an extension to the two-year Article 50 negotiation process to delay EU withdrawal beyond March 29.

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