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3/15, 4:40 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Barclay: No-deal Brexit better than long extension

United Kingdom Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay told the BBC on Friday that it would be better for Britain to leave the European Union without a deal than to delay Brexit by a long time. According to the official, the best scenario would include the UK departing from the bloc with a deal and that is what the government is "pushing."

"If we don't have a deal, then we should leave with no deal," Barclay insisted. He noted a "short technical extension" will be necessary if MPs approve a Brexit deal next week. On the other hand, he strongly opposed a "long extension." and welcomed Parliament's decision to reject the amendment tabled by Labour's Hilary Benn which called for the government to pave the way for a series of indicative votes on a number of different scenarios for the country's exit from the EU.

Earlier, UK government sources said Prime Minister Theresa May will likely stage a third meaningful vote on the withdrawal agreement early next week, while Northern Ireland's DUP stated the party is in "significant" talks with government officials, including Chancellor Philip Hammond, regarding its support for the Brexit deal.

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