‘No-deal’ would prevail if UK’s Brexit plan still unclear by next week: France


PARIS (Reuters) – Britain would only be granted an extension to the article 50 Brexit negotiation period if its parliament passed the current deal on the table or if a clear, alternative plan emerged by next week’s EU summit, a French official said on Friday.

“Without clarity – an adoption of the Withdrawal Agreement or a clear alternative – a no-deal would prevail,” the official at President Emmanuel Macron’s office said.

Alternatives would include a second referendum on Britain’s divorce from the European Union, a new election, or a change of plan acceptable to both sides such as arrangements already agreed by countries like Canada or Norway, added the official.

Reporting by Michel Rose; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta

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