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How Europe reacted to Brexit deal defeat


By Agence France-Presse
BRUSSELS (AFP) – The EU and European governments warned Tuesday that the British parliament’s rejection of a Brexit deal heightened the risk of a disorderly withdrawal from the bloc.


Following are some of the key reactions to the vote, which saw MPs vote by a massive 432 to 202 votes against the agreement:

“I urge the United Kingdom to clarify its intentions as soon as possible. Time is almost up.” – European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker

“If a deal is impossible, and no one wants no deal, then who will finally have the courage to say what the only positive solution is? The remaining EU27 will remain united.” – EU Council president Donald Tusk

“It’s now up to the British government to say what the next stage is. The EU will remain united and determined to find a deal.” – EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier

“This is a bitter day for Europe. We are well prepared — but a hard Brexit would be the least attractive choice, for the EU and GB (Great Britain).” – German Finance Minister and Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz

“A hard Brexit will be the worst of all options.” – Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right CDU party and her likely successor

“The pressure is mainly on them. The British people would be “the biggest losers” of a no-deal option.” – President Emmanuel Macron

“Regrettably, the outcome of tonight’s vote increases the risk of a disorderly Brexit. Consequently, the government will continue to intensify preparations for such an outcome.” – government statement

“In any case, there will be no renegotiations on the withdrawal agreement.” – Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, in a tweet

“An unordered exit would be negative for the EU and catastrophic for the UK.” – Spanish premier Pedro Sanchez

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