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EU’s Barnier: extremely little time left to settle Brexit deal


EU Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier walks at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium February 7, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – The European Union’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned Britian on Monday that time was “extremely short” to settle a divorce deal before Britain is due to leave the bloc on March 29.

“This time that remains is extremely short,” Barnier told a news conference in Luxembourg. “The withdrawal agreement which we agreed with Theresa May’s government … remains the best way to ensure an orderly withdrawal of the UK.”

Barnier was speaking with Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, who stressed that the responsibility for finding a Brexit solution sat with London.

“We never pushed for Brexit, we never demanded Brexit,” Bettel said. “The responsibility started in London and is still in London.”

Reporting by Michele Sinner, Robin Emmott, Writing by Gabriela Baczynska and Alissa de Carbonnel; Editing by Alison Williams

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