EU Tusk says no agreement or no Brexit if the UK parliament rejects the agreement


The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, attends a press conference after the extraordinary summit of European leaders to finalize and formalize the Brexit agreement in Brussels, Belgium, on 25 November 2018. REUTERS / Yves Herman

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Britain would choose to leave the European Union without agreement or abandon Brexit if its parliament rejected an agreement between the EU and the prime minister, Theresa May, to said Friday the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk.

"A few days before the vote in the House of Commons, it is becoming increasingly clear that this agreement is the best possible – in fact, the only possible one," said Tusk, ruling out any renegotiation by the EU if the British Parliament approves the agreement of last Sunday December 11th.

"If this agreement is rejected in the House of Commons, we have … an alternative: no agreement or no Brexit. I want to assure you that the EU is prepared for all scenarios, "he told Reuters at the G20 meeting in Argentina.

Tusk will chair a European summit two days after the UK Parliament votes on an agreement which, she says, is the best London can get. Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29, although some activists hope the withdrawal can be stopped.

Report by Gabriela Baczynska in Brussels; Edited by Alastair Macdonald

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