EU's Tusk says "dream" of Brexit U-turn not dead

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Published on April 16, 2019 - Duration: 00:54s

EU's Tusk says "dream" of Brexit U-turn not dead

EU summit chair Donald Tusk called on Tuesday for the "dream" that Britain might give up on leaving the European Union not to be dismissed and urged politicians not to let exhaustion with Brexit negotiations make for a hasty exit.

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EU summit chair Donald Tusk on Tuesday (April 16) called for the "dream" that Britain might give up on leaving the European Union not to be dismissed and urged politicians not to let exhaustion with Brexit negotiations make for a hasty exit.

Giving an account of last week's summit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, European Council President Tusk said he was responding to a statement by one national leader who had warned "dreamers" not to think "Brexit could be reversed".

It was not immediately clear which leader he was referring to, but French President Emmanuel Macron stood out at the summit for pushing for Britain to be given only a few weeks more to decide whether to leave on negotiated terms or without them.

The summit compromised by giving Britain another six months.

Also addressing Members of the European Parliament, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said it would be up to Britain when it chooses to exit the European Union, adding there would not be a renegotiation of the withdrawal agreement.

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