‘I wouldn’t bet with high stakes’ Shock as EU commissioner says Brexit is NOT a done deal

Mr Oettinger said that the longer the UK waits to trigger the Article 50 procedure that would initiate Brexit talks, “the more uncertain the situation is, both economically and politically.”

“If the departure is not completed by spring 2019, newly elected British MEPs could be sitting in the next European Parliament.” 

The commissioner also warned other EU countries’ contributions to the bloc’s budget could increase after the UK quits.

“To ask the remaining countries to pay even more, will be difficult to explain,” Mr Oettinger said, but observers see no other way to meet the shortfall.

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