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Thursday, February 21, 2019, 20:16
EU's Juncker: Not optimistic no-deal Brexit can be avoided
By Associated Press
Thursday, February 21, 2019, 20:16 By Associated Press

British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, is greeted by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker prior to a meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels, Feb 20, 2019. (OLIVIER MATTHYS / AP)

BRUSSELS — EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says despite constructive talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May he remains downbeat on the prospect of Britain avoiding a chaotic exit from the bloc next month.

Juncker told a European Union conference on Thursday that a no-deal Brexit "will have terrible economic and social consequences both in Britain and on the continent," adding he was doing his utmost so "the worst can be avoided."

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But he said "I am not very optimistic when it comes to this issue."

Late Wednesday, May and Juncker said they held "constructive" talks at EU headquarters. 

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Protesters in costumes demonstrate about the process of Brexit outside EU headquarters in Brussels, Feb 20, 2019. (VIRGINIA MAYO / AP)

They said negotiators would urgently seek a way out of the Brexit quagmire to prevent Britain from crashing out of the bloc on March 29 without a smooth transition period.

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