16:06 GMT19 January 2021
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    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - The United Kingdom is highly likely to crash out of the European Union without a deal, European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen warned on Thursday.

    "Following the recent development, a no-deal scenario is highly likely. Let there be no doubt that a no-deal scenario would be extremely costly and disruptive. The economic consequences would have a significant impact on the UK and, to a lesser extent, on the EU", he told reporters.

    READ MORE: UK Must Hold European Elections if it Remains in EU in May — Brexit Secretary

    The EU has been preparing for all scenarios for a long time, Katainen added, repeating assurances of the European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, who said earlier there would be no short Brexit delay past the new deadline of 12 April.

    UK lawmakers voted 313-312 on Wednesday to push for UK Prime Minister Theresa May to negotiate a new extension of Article 50 with Brussels in a bid to avoid a no-deal exit. But it is the European Union which will ultimately decide whether to grant an extension. An EU summit on the issue is expected to be held on 10 April.


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