Britain risks crashing out of the European Union without a Brexit deal

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Britain risks crashing out of the European Union without a Brexit deal by accident because London cannot decide what it wants, a senior EU negotiator has warned.

In some of her toughest remarks to date, Sabine Weyand, deputy to EU Brexit pointman Michel Barnier, criticized Prime Minister Theresa May’s handling of divorce talks.

Weyand complained that May had kept her own cabinet and MPs in the dark during 18 months of intense negotiations.

As a result, she argued, many Westminster lawmakers were surprised by the content of the withdrawal deal May signed with EU leaders in November and rejected it.

May is now seeking tweaks to the accord and to a parallel political declaration on future EU-British relations in the hope of belatedly winning domestic support.

But the prospect of Brexit Day, March 29, coming round without an agreement is becoming ever more likely.

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