The Latest: Barnier: Chaotic Brexit now is 'more likely'

The chief European Union's Brexit negotiator says that a chaotic no-deal departure of Britain from the bloc "has become more likely."

LONDON -- The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local):

1:40 p.m.

Michel Barnier said that such a no-deal "was never our scenario but the EU 27 is now prepared." He was speaking in Poland's capital a short time before the U.K. House of Commons was due to vote a third time on the twice-rejected legal withdrawal agreement.

Referring to the lawmakers in the British House of Commons, Barnier said that "what we now need is a positive choice to move forward" and that it was the "personal responsibility" of each member to "choose what they want."

He said the deal negotiated between Britain's government and the EU is a "carefully balanced compromise" that took two years to negotiate and "is not open to re-negotiation."

He spoke in favor of a broad future cooperation in many areas including trade, foreign policy and security.


12:10 p.m.

The European Union says that a "yes" vote on Britain's EU withdrawal agreement from U.K. lawmakers will be enough to assure an orderly exit of Britain from the bloc.

Parliament is voting Friday on the 585-page withdrawal agreement that sets out the terms of Britain's departure — including its financial settlement with the EU and the rights of EU and U.K. citizens — but not a political declaration on future ties that is also part of the overall divorce deal agreed between the U.K. and the EU late last year.

European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said Friday that "the withdrawal agreement negotiated between both parties is indeed both necessary and sufficient to ensure the orderly withdrawal of the UK."

Not including the political declaration altered the parliamentary vote enough to overcome a ban against asking lawmakers the same question over and over again.

May also hoped severing the link between the two parts of the deal would blunt opposition — though there was little sign of that.


11:50 a.m.

Poland's prime minister says the European Union is open to further extending Britain's departure from the bloc if British lawmakers reject the withdrawal deal for the third time.

Premier Mateusz Morawiecki was speaking to reporters Friday after talks with EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.

Morawiecki said that in case Friday's vote in the House of Commons fails, the EU is "open to extending the departure process" on a motion from London, by "six or nine or 12 months, these options are available."

He said the EU would best like Britain to stay, or at least leave in an orderly way.

Barnier is expected to deliver a speech on "Europe after Brexit" at Warsaw's College of Europe later Friday.


9 a.m.

On the day that Britain was originally scheduled to leave the European Union, lawmakers are facing what Theresa May's government describes as the "last chance to vote for Brexit."

Friday's parliamentary vote is on only part of the deal that Prime Minister Theresa May negotiated with the EU, in a bid by May to blunt the opposition that has already forced her to ask for an extension.

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox told the BBC that people will wonder why Parliament hasn't lived up to its commitment to abide by voters' decision to leave the EU.

Fox says: "It is, in fact, really, the last chance we have to vote for Brexit as we understood it today. ... I think all MPs will have to reflect today who are the masters and who are the servants in our democratic process."