July 23, 2019 / 10:41 AM / 5 months ago

No-deal Brexit would be "tragedy", EU will stick to agreement -official

BRUSSELS, July 23 (Reuters) - Any no-deal Brexit would be a “tragedy” for both the EU and Britain but the bloc will stick to the withdrawal agreement with London, a deputy head of the European Commission said on Tuesday.

Frans Timmermans was speaking as Boris Johnson was due to be named the new UK prime minister in London.

“Boris Johnson took his time to decide whether he was on the one side or the other side of the argument,” Frans Timmermans of the European Commission told a news conference. “He took a long time deciding ... and now his position is clear.”

“I think the position of the EU is also clear. The United Kingdom reached an agreement with the European Union and the European Union will stick to that agreement,” Timmermans said in reference to Johnson’s’ repeated promises to renegotiate the deal, which has stalled in the UK parliament. (Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska, editing by Robin Emmott)

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