EU says no more Brexit talks with UK, risk of no-deal increased

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Council President Donald Tusk and European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier react during a news conference after the extra

The European Union will not negotiate Brexit again, it said on Tuesday, after Britain’s parliament rejected the divorce package for a second time in a vote that made a chaotic no-deal scenario more likely.


“The EU has done everything it can to help get the Withdrawal Agreement over the line,” Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said after the House of Commons vote.


“The impasse can only be solved in the UK. Our ‘no-deal’ preparations are now more important than ever before.”


impasse[æm'pɑːs; 'æmpɑːs]: n.僵局;死路


In coordinated statements, European Council President Donald Tusk and the bloc’s executive European Commission said the EU had done “all that is possible to reach an agreement ... it is difficult to see what more we can do.”


The bloc insists the divorce deal - already rejected by parliament in January - will not be revisited.


It expects Prime Minister Theresa May to ask for a delay to Brexit to avoid economic disruption should Britain leave with no plan in place.


“With only 17 days left to March 29, today’s vote has significantly increased the likelihood of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit,” the EU said.


If Prime Minister Theresa May or any other Briton needs some Dutch courage to see them through the fraught final countdown to Britain’s departure from the European Union they need look no further than a Paris pub and its popular “Brexit” beer.


Dutch courage:酒后之勇


Brewed by a beer maker in Suffolk, a region in eastern England, the beer’s hoppy notes give it a deliberate bitterness, said Lomig Fronty, a French barman at The Cricketer pub.


The brewery “wanted to put across its feelings towards Brexit, hence the bitterness of the beer,” Fronty said in between pulling pints. “It’s actually an anti-Brexit move to buy this beer.”


“Brexit is terrible,” said Rosie, a patron of The Cricketer. “But at least the beer is good.”


Toilet rolls and painkillers are some of items Britons have started to stockpile ahead of a potential no-deal Brexit, supermarket Morrisons said on Wednesday.


“We’ve seen quite a tick-up in painkillers and toilet rolls (sales) ... up high single digits,” Chief Executive David Potts told reporters.


"Whether that's got any bearing on how people are feeling about the Brexit process, I don't know."


His remarks build on reports that shoppers are taking action in case a hard Brexit results in delays to supplies and shortages.


The Bank of England has noted evidence of stockpiling among British businesses and figures suggest the UK is running out of warehouse space as a result.


A Sky Data poll last week suggested a quarter of the population had either bought more goods than normal or were thinking about doing so.





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