The alternative to “no-deal” is to delay Brexit for at leas

 least several months while Britain tries to sort out the mess.

The bloc is reluctant to have a departing Britain participate in Euro

pean Parliament elections in late May, which it would have to do if Brexit is delayed.

But EU Council President Donald Tusk has urged the bloc to give Britain an extensi

on, if it plans to change course and seek a softer Brexit that keeps close economic ties between Britain and the bloc.

This week British lawmakers held a series of “indicative votes” on alternativ

es to May’s deal — and all eight options on offer were defeated. But the move did hint at a potential compromise. The

measure that came closest to a majority called for Britain to remain in a customs union with the EU after it leaves.

May has always ruled that out, because sticking to EU trade rules would limit Britain’s ability to forge new trade deals around the world.

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