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EU Chief Negotiator Fears Brexit Will "Poison" EU Elections

17 April 2019
EU Chief Negotiator Fears Brexit Will

"I fear most of all that it will import the Brexit mess into the EU".

Mr Verhofstadt said his advice to both parties would be to come to an agreement to "in the coming days to avoid this imminent disaster". However, this is not an excuse to say: "'let's get it over with, ' just because we're exhausted", said Tusk.

European Parliament Brexit co-ordinator Guy Verhofstadt told the European Parliament that the bloc's decision to grant a delay until the end of October risked prolonging the uncertainty.

Nigel Farage is "the only thing that can save" the European Union from being "poisoned" by a never-ending Brexit, Guy Verhofstadt has warned.

The British government will resume talks with the main opposition Labour party this week on how to resolve the deadlock over Brexit, a senior minister, David Lidington, said on Sunday.

Other EU leaders in the room remembered that fact and reminded Tusk that it is not their decision to make.

The Belgian MEP took the unusual step of welcoming his long-standing sparring partner Mr Farage's move to set up his new Brexit Party as he railed against the six-month extension granted to the UK.

"We can not give into fatalism", Tusk said in a report to the European Parliament.

The Labour leader said the party had put its case that the future relationship with Europe had to mean a customs union, but added Mrs May was under pressure from Tories who wanted "to turn this country into a deregulated low-tax society" to do a trade deal with US President Donald Trump.

"I didn't respond at the time, but today, in front of you, I would like to say: at this rather hard moment in our history, we need dreamers and dreams".

He said that with the UK holding European Union elections in May, unless Mrs May's deal is ratified by MPs before then, he fears the arrival of a new transient set of UK MEPs.

Parliament is now in recess for Easter, but cross-party talks between the government and Labour are expected to continue today at an official level.

The EU has "nothing to gain" from the disruption a no-deal Brexit would bring to the UK, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has said.

Jeremy Corbyn said "there's no agreement yet" and the government "doesn't appear to be shifting the red lines".