The working assumption here in Brussels is that British MPs will vote to avoid Brexit, which will not be convened tonight, and will move to the House of Commons on Thursday.
But, as Michel Barnier pointed out in Strasbourg this morning, the only way to avoid an impossible deal is to vote for a real deal. And the only one on the table is the only one the EU will allow given the red lines strictly defined by the hard-line Brexiteers in the ear of Prime Minister Teresa May.
After two crushing defeats in the House of Commons, this deal looks pretty dead.
While they tell me that the issue of enlargement has not yet been discussed by the EU27 leaders – any request made by the United Kingdom will have to be unanimously signed at a summit next week ̵
EU officials often love to quote the 90s British pop sensations The Spice Girls: "Tell me what you want … what do you really want?"
This is 16 days from the edge of the rocks and there is still no clear answer to this question from the UK.
However, the EU's message is clear, as quoted by the Chief Negotiator for Greece's parliamentary parliament, Guy Verhofstadt: "My request to our British friends is putting all their energy into finding a cross-over to find a way out of this mess. "