March 29, 2019 / 2:47 PM / 5 months ago

France's Macron: time to accelerate final preparations for no Brexit deal

French President Emmanuel Macron reacts during a news conference after a meeting with Chinese President at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France March 25, 2019. Yoan Valat/Pool via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday said that if British Prime Minister Theresa May failed to secure parliament’s support for her Brexit withdrawal agreement by April 12 then Europe would decide with Britain on the timeframe for its exit.

Macron said the risk of a no-deal on April 12 was real. “At that moment, we will have to decide on the timeframe to implement (a no-deal exit) ... and therefore we will accelerate the final phase of preparations,” Macron said.

Of all the countries that would be most directly impacted by a no-deal outcome, France was the best prepared, Macron said in remarks delivered as May pleaded with lawmakers before putting a stripped-down version of her deal to another vote.

Reporting by Jean-Baptiste Vey; Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by John Irish

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