A no-deal Brexit is now more likely but can still be avoided, the EU’s chief negotiator has said.
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”.
Meanwhile, the BBC’s John Pienaar said Theresa May’s cabinet has considered plans to “ramp up” preparations for a no-deal Brexit.
A snap general election was also discussed in the meeting, he said.
A second two-hour regular cabinet meeting will be held later, with the issues likely to be discussed again.