EU Council President Admits His Goal Is to 'Reverse Brexit'

David Lidington said that Brexit talks between the British government and the Labour party cannot go on for too long

David Lidington said that Brexit talks between the British government and the Labour party cannot go on for too long

The intervention came as EU Council president Donald Tusk said he still believed Britain may not leave the EU. "The only ones who would benefit are those who resent multilateralism and seek to undermine the global legal order".

It could also offer "extra time to rethink Brexit if that were the wish of the British people", and it allows the European Union to focus on other priorities like trade with the United States.

And he hinted that Brexit could be delayed further - or even reversed - as he said British MEPs may be members of the Parliament for more than several months. The country "cannot" be treated as a second-category member state, he said. "You can not drag out Brexit for a decade".

He said the six-month extension to Article 50 is "too near for a substantial rethink of Brexit and at the same time too far away to prompt any action".

"I would like to express my hope that any negative impact of the UK's withdrawal from the European Union will be minimized on Japanese corporations and on the world economy", Abe said.

Other EU leaders in the room remembered that fact and reminded Tusk that it is not their decision to make.

Mr Tusk said he still had "dreams" of Brexit being cancelled.

"I would like to say: at this rather hard moment in our history, we need dreamers and dreams".

"There has to be access to European markets and above all there has to be a dynamic relationship to protect the conditions and rights that we've got for environment and consumer workplace rights", Corbyn said according to the Guardian.

The European Parliament's Brexit co-ordinator Guy Verhofstadt said the extension risked importing the "Brexit mess into the EU" and "poisoning" the European Parliament elections.

Tusk said the European Council will await a "clear message" from the United Kingdom on how to move forward on Brexit after the EU agreed last week to extend the process until 31 October. I fear that it will prolong the indecision.

Meanwhile, Nigel Farage has said that his new Brexit party would "sweep the board" in a general election if cross-party Brexit negotiations between the government and Labour agree to a customs union.

"And the proof of this is that the first decision the House of Commons took after your decision was to go on holidays".

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