‘No-deal’ would prevail if UK’s Brexit plan unclear by next week – France

PARIS (Reuters) – Britain would only be granted an extension to the Article 50 Brexit negotiation period if its parliament passed the deal on the table or if a clear alternative plan emerged by next week’s EU summit, a French official said on Friday.

The British parliament voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to seek a delay to the March 29 exit date enshrined in law, but how Britain’s divorce from the European Union will pan out is still uncertain. Options include a long delay, exiting with British Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal, which would require a short technical delay, leaving without a deal or another referendum.

“Without clarity – an adoption of the Withdrawal Agreement or a clear alternative – a no-deal would prevail,” the official at President Emmanuel Macron’s office said.

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