Three EU countries call on Commission to step up no-deal Brexit preparations

Belgium, France and the Netherlands have asked the European Commission to step up its contingency planning for a no-deal Brexit, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo told reporters.

According to De Croo, EU leaders were given a brief state of play of the Brexit negotiations during their video summit on Thursday. The Brexit talks were suspended at the chief negotiator level earlier in the day after an EU negotiator tested positive for coronavirus.

“We can’t keep hoping for a good outcome,” De Croo told reporters. “There might be one, but hoping alone is not enough. We have to start our contingency planning. [French President Emmanuel] Macron and [Dutch PM Mark] Rutte have made similar

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