April 10, 2019 / 8:07 PM / in 13 days

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

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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