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The Latest: Brexit: Belgium Warns about 'no-deal' Scenario

The Latest: Brexit: Belgium Warns about 'no-deal' Scenario

Friday, 14 December 2018 04:39 AM

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):

10:20 a.m.

Belgium's prime minister says European Union leaders aren't convinced that Britain can respect their Brexit agreement and they are planning for a potentially catastrophic "no-deal" scenario.

Charles Michel said Friday that "very objectively, the signals that we heard yesterday are not especially reassuring about the capacity in Britain to be able to honor the engagement that was undertaken."

Referring to what he called a "gigantic doubt" that British Prime Minister Theresa May can get the deal through the U.K. Parliament, Michel added: "we are going to be sure to prepare for all hypotheses, including the hypothesis of a 'no deal.'"

10 a.m.

Croatia's prime minister says European Union leaders could meet in January for a new Brexit summit once Britain clarifies exactly what help it needs to pass the deal in the U.K. Parliament.

Andrej Plenkovic said Friday that "if there is a need we can always convene, but nothing in that respect was concluded yesterday" during Brexit talks in Brussels.

British Prime Minister Theresa May canceled a vote in Parliament this week after it became clear the assembly would reject the Brexit deal she concluded with the EU.

EU leaders refuse outright to re-open the deal, but in a statement they did offer assurances about how it would work.

Plenkovic says that "text is a solid signal, first of all to the prime minister, but also to the U.K. Parliament."

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