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Tusk says he still dreams of UK U-turn on Brexit

17 April 2019

Addressing the European Parliament Mr Verhofstadt said that the Conservative and Labour parties seemed to be trying to run down the clock on Brexit.

"We can not give into fatalism", Tusk said in a report to the European Parliament.

But today in front of you I would like to say at this rather hard moment in our history, that we need the dreamers and dreams.

"I would like to say: at this rather hard moment in our history, we need dreamers and dreams".

Meanwhile, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker also said that it is up to Britain when it chooses to exit the EU, adding that it was not his working assumption that Brexit could be reversed or extended beyond a new October 31 deadline.

He also said the European Union did not give in to "fear and scaremongering" about the United Kingdom disrupting the EU's functioning during a Brexit extension.

She has been unable to persuade MPs to back the withdrawal terms she has struck with Brussels, but is also unwilling to take Britain out of the European Union with no deal at all. The country "cannot" be treated as a second-category member state, he said.

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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".

Mr Verhofstadt said his advice to both parties would be to come to an agreement to "in the coming days to avoid this imminent disaster". I fear that it will prolong the indecision. "I fear most of all that it will import the Brexit mess into the EU".

The extension means the pressure to reach a cross-party agreement has now dissipated, he added, pointing out: "The proof of this is that the first decision the House of Commons has taken off your decision was to go on holidays".

British Green MEP Molly Scott Cato called on Britons to "share a message of hope of the positive change that the European Parliament" ahead of the upcoming EU elections.

"If that happens, the Brexit Party won't win the European elections but it will win the general election because the betrayal will be so complete and utter, so I don't believe it's going to happen".

Parliament is now in recess for Easter, but cross-party talks between the government and Labour are expected to continue today at an official level.

Tusk says he still dreams of UK U-turn on Brexit