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Juncker vows EU to work ‘to last moment’ for Brexit deal

BRUSSELS, EU leader Jean-Claude Juncker vowed

Wednesday to work until the last moment to prevent a no deal Brexit, but

admitted Britain crashing out now appears to be a likely result.

Addressing the European Parliament after Prime Minister Theresa May asked

for a short postponement, Juncker said London remains on course for Brexit

next week.

But he added: The European Union will not kick any member state out.

I will personally do everything I can to prevent a disorderly Brexit and

I expect political leaders across the EU27 and in the United Kingdom to do

the same.

On Tuesday, May asked opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn to help develop a

Brexit plan that could be ratified by the House of Commons, and asked

Brussels for more time.

Juncker responded that EU leaders would be flexible, but time is limited

and a disorderly no-deal Brexit would only be welcomed by populist and

nationalist forces.

In light of Prime Minister May's statement last night, I believe we now

have a few more days, he said.

If the United Kingdom is in a position to approve the withdrawal

agreement with a sustainable majority by 12 April, the European Union should

be prepared to accept a delay until 22 May.

Yet I believe that a 'no deal' at midnight on the 12 April is now a very

likely scenario. It is not the outcome I want, but it is an outcome for which

I have made sure the European Union is ready.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)