EU Chief Negotiator Fears Brexit Will "Poison" EU Elections

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David Lidington said Brexit talks with Labour were at a 'delicate' stage

In an address to the European Parliament, he said: 'My fear is that with this decision, the pressure to come to a cross-party agreement disappears.

"We can not give in to fatalism".

"During the European Council one of the leaders warned us not to be dreamers, and that we shouldn't think that Brexit could be reversed".

"I didn't respond at the time, but today, in front of you, I would like to say: at this rather hard moment in our history, we need dreamers and dreams".

Meanwhile, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker also said that it is up to Britain when it chooses to exit the EU, adding that it was not his working assumption that Brexit could be reversed or extended beyond a new October 31 deadline.

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He said the six-month extension to Article 50 is "too near for a substantial rethink of Brexit and at the same time too far away to prompt any action". The country "cannot" be treated as a second-category member state, he said.

"Therefore I also ask you to reject similar ideas if they were to be voiced in this House".

"My message is that, whatever the outcome of Brexit, Britain is going to be the best place in Europe to invest in with our top universities, the best universities in Europe, with more tech start-ups than France, Germany, and Italy combined".

The European Parliament's Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt unexpectedly said Nigel Farage's Brexit Party could "save the EU" by forcing Labour and the Conservatives to reach a compromise and avoid the EU "importing the Brexit mess" in European elections.

Mr Tusk said he still had "dreams" of Brexit being cancelled. I fear that it will prolong the indecision.

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The UK will take part in May's European elections and British MEPs could sit for "months or even longer", European Council President Donald Tusk has said.

The British government will resume talks with the main opposition Labour party this week on how to resolve the deadlock over Brexit, a senior minister, David Lidington, said on Sunday.

British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt is seeking to reassure Toyota that the United Kingdom government is focused on avoiding a no-deal exit from the European Union and ensuring tariff-tree trade between the United Kingdom and the EU.

This means they can field candidates at the upcoming European Parliament elections.

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