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EU leaders mull risky second Brexit delay
Despite the chronic drag caused by the ongoing Brexit uncertainty and the tough talk from leaders and ministers about not allowing an extension without a credible plan, no country wants to be seen as responsible for shoving the U.K. over the Brexit cliff edge. That outcome would entail significant economic pain to the U.K., but also to a lesser extent to EU members such as Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands and France.

As the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier put it in Luxembourg Tuesday, a no-deal Brexit will "never be the decision of the EU."

That does not mean that London will get an easy extension to its perpetual Brexit essay crisis. The draft conclusions, which were discussed by EU ambassadors in Luxembourg on Tuesday evening, set out several conditions. The Withdrawal Agreement will not be reopened; no "unilateral commitment" from the U.K. can detract from its "spirit or letter"; the extension can't be used to begin future relationship talks; and if the U.K. is still a member on May 23 to 26, it must take part in the European Parliament election.

by Bernard on Wed Apr 10th, 2019 at 06:46:10 PM EST

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