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    An official carries a Union Jack flag ahead of a news conference by Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis and European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels, Belgium July 20, 2017

    EU WARNS UK to Prepare for No-Deal Brexit as May Reportedly Seeks Delay

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    The talks continue after Speaker of the UK House of Commons John Bercow barred May's government from submitting the Brexit agreement in the Parliament once more, stating that the deal must be fundamentally changed.

    The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has stated that Brussels was ready for a no-deal Brexit, also urging Britons to "finalise all the preparations" for the issue.

    He also noted that the EU had now approved nearly all foreseen contingency measures, however, European institutions are still working on the issues of short-term visas and the EU budget for 2019.

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    In the meantime, European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker has told Germany's Deutschlandfunk that there would probably be no decision on the issue this week.

    The statement comes as Theresa May prepares for negotiations with the EU following two failed attempts to pass the government's Brexit agreement. According to Sky News, citing a government source, the prime minister will only request a short delay to Brexit in a letter to the bloc on Wednesday.

    "There's a case for giving parliament more time to find a way forward but people in this country have been waiting nearly three years, they are fed up with parliament's failure to take a decision and the prime minister shares that frustration", the source said.

    There is no information, however, about the length of the delay.

    After voting down May's Brexit plan, and rejecting a no-deal solution, the House of Commons supported a motion last week suggesting to extend the withdrawal period from the European Union beyond 29 March. In its turn, the European Union is yet to endorse the Brexit extension.


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