November 5, 2018 / 8:12 PM / in 15 days

EU's Barnier says 'leap into unknown' for expatriates in no-deal Brexit

European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier gestures as he delivers a speech at the "Les Grandes Conferences Catholiques", in Brussels, Belgium, November 5, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Monday that divorce negotiations with London were not driven by a sense of revenge and that a no-deal, or a “hard” Brexit would spell trouble for expatriates.

Speaking at a Catholic gathering in a music hall in Brussels, Barnier also said any Brexit deal had to maintain an open Irish border to protect peace on the island that has seen decades of sectarian violence.

Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska

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