EU chief Donald Tusk has called on Theresa May to delay Brexit for more talks instead of crashing out without a deal.
In the strongest signal from Brussels yet that it will grant an Article 50 extension, the EU Council President said “there is always the possibility of dragging the negotiations over in time”.
AFP or licensors EU chief Donald Tusk has said he will extend Article 50 so that the UK avoids a No Deal
Leaving the EU a few months later would be better than “divorce without agreement which would be expensive for everyone — above all for London, but also for the other 27 partners”, Mr Tusk argued.
His declaration came as it was also revealed the EU powerbroker will meet the PM for Brexit talks tomorrow.
The pair will speak in the margins of the Sharm El-Sheikh summit of EU and Arab leaders.
Mr Tusk also claimed his controversial attack on the leaders of the EU referendum’s Leave campaign was a “deliberate exaggeration”.
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The former Polish Premier said there was a “special place in hell” for the Brexiteers who had called for Britain’s EU exit without a plan.
Mr Tusk told Polish news channel TVN24: “My words were strong, but I deliberately used this exaggeration to get the attention of those who are really responsible for the fact that now all of us on both sides of the English Channel live in suspense when it comes to Brexit.
“Those who promoted Brexit, they did not in fact believe in their victory, so did not prepare themselves in the slightest degree for this victory.
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