April 10, 2019 / 8:07 PM / 11 days ago

No-deal Brexit not the worst option, French official says

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives at an extraordinary European Union leaders summit to discuss Brexit, in Brussels, Belgium April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A departure of Britain from the EU without a deal might be preferable than obstruction of EU operations by the British if they were to remain a member against their will, a spokesman for French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday.

“Not everything is preferable to a no-deal. A no-deal situation is a real option,” a French presidency official said.

The official added that the current state of negotiations did not include sufficient guarantees against possible obstructions to justify a long extension in France’s views.

Reporting by Michel Rose; editing by Bart Meijer

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