Former commissioner doubts a deal with the EU will be agreed before crucial autumn deadline

Britain will not be able to negotiate a meaningful deal with the EU by the time of the key parliamentary votes on Brexit this autumn, putting the onus on MPs to tell the government they will not accept a “blind Brexit”, Lord Mandelson, the former EU trade commissioner, has said.

He predicted MPs would demand the government seek the EU’s agreement for the UK to remain in the EU to give time for further talks beyond the March 2019 deadline.

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