1. Wide of Michel Barnier, EU chief Brexit negotiator
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Michel Barnier, EU chief Brexit negotiator:
"Ladies and gentlemen, last week the House of Commons voted against the withdrawal agreement and against a no deal scenario. But voting against no deal does not prevent it from happening. Everyone should now finalise all preparations for a no deal scenario. On the EU side we are prepared. The European Parliament and the Council have now approved nearly all the foreseen contingency measures and are working at the two last measures that still need to be adopted, namely on short term visas and the EU budget for 2019."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Michel Barnier, EU chief Brexit negotiator:
"The House of Commons also voted in favour of an extension of Article 50 period. If Prime Minister (Theresa) May requests such an extension before the European Council on Thursday it will be for the 27 leaders to assess the reason and the usefulness for an extension. EU leaders will need a concrete plan for the UK in order to be able to make an informed decision."
5. Wide of news conference
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Michel Barnier, EU chief Brexit negotiator:
"The key questions will be: does an extension increase the chances for the ratification of the withdrawal agreement? Will the UK request an extension because it wants a bit more time to rework the political declaration? Ladies and gentlemen I recall that this political declaration which sets out the framework of our future relation could be made more ambitious in the coming days if a majority in the House of Commons so wishes. If not, what would be the purpose and the outcome of an extension? And how can we ensure that at the end of a possible extension we are not back in the same situation as today? In any case the European Council will need to assess what is in the best interest of the EU: extending uncertainty without a clear plan would add to the economic cost for our businesses but could also incur a political cost for the EU. It is for the British government and parliament to decide very quickly what the UK wants to do next"
The European Union's Brexit negotiator says all parties need to prepare for "no deal scenario" on Brexit.
Speaking 48 hours before a crucial EU summit in Brussels on Tuesday, Michel Barnier told reporters that "on the EU side we are prepared."
He said the European Parliament and the Council have approved "nearly all the foreseen contingency measures," adding that they were down adopting the last two measures - short term visas and the EU budget for 2019.
As it stands, UK Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan has been derailed in Parliament.
Now she is at the mercy of an exasperated European Union.
May was preparing Tuesday to ask the EU for a delay of at least several months to Brexit after the speaker of the House of Commons ruled that she can't keep asking lawmakers to vote on the same divorce deal that they have already rejected twice.
However Barnier said the bloc wouldn't automatically grant the request, and that it would be up to the 27 leaders to "assess the reason and the usefulness for an extension."
"What would be the purpose and the outcome of an extension?" Barnier said.
May has warned opponents that a failure to approve her agreement would mean a long, and possibly indefinite, delay to Britain's departure from the EU.