Brussels — The EU believes a no-deal Brexit is increasingly likely, officials in Brussels said on Monday after the bloc gave Britain two more weeks to resolve its political stalemate. “We are prepared for this scenario,” an EU official said describing the bloc’s contingency preparations. As British Prime Minister Theresa May battles to keep control of Brexit and her own job, the EU has stepped up pressure on London, pushing the message that the bloc is ready for an abrupt split. The officials, who have toured the 27 countries still in the EU after Brexit to co-ordinate preparations, said France, Belgium and the Netherlands were hiring up to 2,100 people for additional customs, animal and plant health checks that would be necessary should Britain leave the bloc with no transition deal in place. They said EU member states were setting up 20 new border inspection points as the bloc tries to mitigate the worst disruption in transport and travel in a no-deal scenario, as well as moves to...

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