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Ryanair CEO says he believes 'hard Brexit' is inevitable
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Ryanair CEO says he believes 'hard Brexit' is inevitable

Ryanair Chief Executive Officer Michael O'Leary attends a Ryanair press conference in Dublin, Ireland April 12, 2016.Clodagh Kilcoyne

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said he believed that a "hard Brexit" is inevitable, adding that in the worst case scenario he could redeploy the airline's entire British fleet.

"There will be no soft Brexit, there will be a hard Brexit," O'Leary told journalists at a news conference in Brussels. "The British have no Plan B."

The worst case scenario could see a total breakdown of flights between the United Kingdom and the European Union, which would force Ryanair to redeploy up to 40 planes from Britain to EU countries, he said.

Reporting by Julia Fioretti; editing by Susan Thomas

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