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Juncker brands Brexit waste of time and energy

Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 22, 2019
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday that Brexit has been a "waste of time and energy".
Jean-Claude Juncker
Britain   Jean-Claude Juncker
Juncker told the European Union assembly in Strasbourg that it could only approve the Brexit deal that was struck with London last week once it has been approved by the British parliament.

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"We need now to watch events in Westminster very closely, but it's not possible, not imaginable that this parliament would ratify the agreement before Westminster has ratified the agreement.

"First London, then Brussels and Strasbourg," he said.

European Council President Donald Tusk told EU lawmakers that he was discussing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's request for an extension of the Oct.

31 Brexit deadline with the leaders of the other 27 member states and would make a decision "in the coming days".

"A no-deal Brexit will never be our decision," Tusk told the European Parliament in Strasbourg, to applause from lawmakers.