Helsinki - European Union ministers on Thursday urged Britain to choose an orderly Brexit, with some openly expressing concern that Prime Minister Boris Johnson's move to suspend parliament increased the risk of a chaotic split.
As EU foreign and defence ministers met in Helsinki, Johnson's government challenged opponents in the British parliament to try to collapse it or change the law to stop Britain's departure from the bloc on October 31.
"We still hope it will be possible to avoid a no-deal Brexit and we are looking forward to any proposals from the British government that fit into the Withdrawal Agreement," Dutch Foreign Minister Stephan Blok said. "It's in nobody's interest to see a no-deal Brexit."
The British parliament has three times rejected the Withdrawal Agreement, the divorce deal agreed between Johnson's predecessor Theresa May and Brussels, and Johnson has promised to renegotiate it or leave without an agreement at the end of October.
Johnson's Brexit negotiator David Frost was in Brussels for talks with the executive European Commission on Wednesday, but Blok said the sides had not managed to bridge divisions.