The UK is due to leave the bloc without a deal on April 12 if it does not pass an agreement or seek a longer delay before then. “Three years ago, ‘sorcerer’s apprentices’ in Britain sold the divorce from the European Union as the solution to the country’s problems,” Mrs Loiseau, who is leading Mr Macron’s party in the EU elections, told the news channel BFM TV. “Brexit was touted by Leavers as a magical elixir: ‘If we leave Europe we will be bigger and stronger.’ Three years later, no one in the UK is able to say where the country is going and how it plans to get there,” the former European Affairs minister said.
“It is up to the British to find their own solution. But this solution concerns us and we will bear the consequences of their choice. But we are prepared for all possible scenarios. A soft Brexit, which would mean an exit with a deal in place, or a no-deal exit.”
The MEP hopeful also said the British had “only just realised what the UK will lose by leaving the EU”.
MPs rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal for a third time on Friday, leaving Britain’s divorce from the EU in disarray on the very day it was scheduled to quit the bloc.
The decision to reject the deal has left it totally unclear how, when or even whether Britain will leave the EU, and plunged the three-year Brexit drama to a deeper level of uncertainty.
“I fear we are reaching the limits of this process in this House,” Mrs May told Parliament after the defeat. “The implications of the House’s decision are grave.”
Mrs May had billed the vote as the last opportunity to ensure Britain left the EU in an orderly manner, urging lawmakers to put aside party differences and strongly-held beliefs.
French Foreign Affairs Junior Minister Nathalie Loiseau (Image: LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)
British Prime Minister Theresa May (Image: WPA Pool/Getty Images)
But in a special sitting of Parliament, they voted 344-286 against the EU withdrawal agreement, finalised