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Tusk Suggests UK Should Abandon Brexit After Govt. Defeat

LONDON – A key European leader appeared last night to call on British politicians to stop the process of leaving the EU, The National said Wednesday.
Minutes after Theresa May suffered a catastrophic defeat in the Commons – the largest ever imposed on a Westminster government – Donald Tusk called a “brave” someone to propose the “only” positive solution.
In what has been interpreted as a call to cancel the decision of leaving, the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, stressed the impasse on the Brexit to the British Prime Minister. Tusk tweeted that If an agreement is not possible and no one wants an agreement, then who will have the courage to say what is the solution?
Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, announced that the time was almost up and that the UK had increased its chances of leaving without agreement.
In a brief statement, he indicated that he had taken note of the result of the positive vote in the House of Commons and that, in his opinion, the withdrawal agreement was a fair compromise.
On the EU side, the ratification process of the withdrawal agreement is continuing, he said. The agreement is a fair compromise and the best possible deal.
This reduces the damage caused by Brexit to citizens and businesses across Europe and is the only way to ensure an orderly withdrawal from the United Kingdom of the European Union.
Chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has a lot of time and effort to negotiate the withdrawal agreement.
We have always been creative and flexible and with President Tusk again I showed good will by offering additional clarifications and assurances in an exchange of letters with Prime Minister May earlier this week.
Juncker further added that the risk of a disordered withdrawal from the United Kingdom has increased with tonight’s vote, while we do not wish it, the European Commission will continue its urgent work to help the EU to fully prepare United Kingdom to clarify its intentions as soon as possible, the time is almost up.
Guy Verhofstadt, head of Brexit in the European Parliament, also insisted on putting pressure on MEPs to find a solution that could go through the House of Commons.
He tweeted that the British Parliament said what it did not want, now is the time to know what British MPs want, but in the meantime citizens’ rights must be safeguarded.
After the vote, European leaders announced that they would step up their preparations for a no-deal scenario. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said on Twitter that his country is also stepping up preparations for a “no-deal” at Brexit.
In the Republic of Ireland, professional organizations have asked members to apply “emergency” measures in case of non-agreement. After the vote of the municipalities, the Irish Exporters Association (IEA) said that there were only three months left, the companies that are negotiating or transiting through the UK now must take steps to mitigate the potential effects harmful of a messy Brexit.
The Irish business community simply can not afford to continue its wait-and-see approach and trust the British political establishment to prevent a Brexit from abstaining from any agreement, said IEA Director General, Simon McKeever, in a statement. “It is essential that companies understand and prepare for tariffs and VAT, phytosanitary barriers and other regulatory and non-tariff barriers to trade with the United Kingdom.”
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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