Brexit might not happen if Prime Minister Theresa May’s divorce deal is voted down by the British parliament next week, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Friday.
Hunt said that if May’s deal was defeated then there was a real chance of “Brexit paralysis” that could lead to Britain’s planned exit being stopped.
He said the British parliament was committed to stopping a no-deal Brexit.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned on Thursday that the world did not want to see a disorderly Brexit and that he fully supported May's withdrawal deal.
Many Brexiteer lawmakers want a cleaner break from the European Union and its institutions but Hunt said parliament, where Britain's ruling Conservatives do not have a majority, would probably not allow the country to crash out of the bloc.
"I think it's now looking much less likely that parliament would allow a no-deal outcome," he told the BBC.