July 2, 2019 / 7:04 PM / 17 days ago

France's Macron says not scared of no-deal Brexit, responsibility on British side

French President Emmanuel Macron leaves a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium July 1, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said Europe should not be scared of a no-deal Brexit, but were Britain’s new leadership to ask for an extension beyond Oct. 31 it would have to provide something new to justify it.

“I hope from my side that we finish before,” Macron told a news conference at the end of an EU Summit. “We shouldn’t be scared of the worst-case scenario, which is always a possible option, and at the end of the day will be the responsibility of the British ... because at the end of the day until the last second the British government has the possibility to withdraw Article 50 and decide not to leave.”

Reporting by Jean-Baptiste Vey and Elizabeth Pineau; writing by John Irish; editing by Bate Felix

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