EU Chief Says There's a Good Chance 'Brexit Will Not Happen'
EU Chief Donald Tusk says there’s a 20 to 30 percent chance the United Kingdom won’t go through with Brexit after all.
“After the British referendum in 2016, I thought that if we recognize that the case is closed, it will be the end,” Tusk told Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza, according to The Guardian. “Today the chance that Brexit will not happen is, in my opinion, 20 to 30 percent. That’s a lot.”
Tusk was the Polish prime minister before taking on his role as EU chief. in his interview with the Polish newspaper, he said that every month “it is becoming increasingly clear that the U.K.’s exit from the EU will look completely different than the Brexit that was promoted. I see no reason to capitulate.”
“The British people voted to leave the EU in the biggest democratic exercise in our history and the government is focused on delivering that result,” a government spokesperson told The Sun. “MPs have already voted on a second referendum a number of times and rejected it.”
Brexit has been steadily losing popularity in the U.K. as the country grapples with the logistics of actually leaving the European Union.
A march for a second referendum (known as The People’s Referendum march) claims to have brought together 1 million people in London on March 31.
The U.K. had been due to leave the EU on March 29, two years after negotiations, but the leave was delayed. Brexit negotiations have been plagued by a divided parliament, numerous extensions, and an inability to make significant progress. Last month, the EU extended Britain’s membership until Oct. 27, allowing more time for negotiations.