A cross-party group of MPs has put forward a bill to prevent a no-deal Brexit in law.

The bill would require the PM to ask for an extension of Article 50 – which allows the UK to leave the EU – beyond the current exit date of 12 April.

Labour MP Yvette Cooper has presented the bill in the Commons, for debate on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the EU’s chief negotiator has said a no-deal Brexit is now more likely but can still be avoided.

Michel Barnier said a long extension to the UK’s 12 April exit date had “significant risks for the EU” and a “strong justification would be needed”.

Tory MP Sir Oliver Letwin, who supports Ms Cooper’s bill, said: “This is a last-ditch attempt to prevent our country being

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