|10 September, 2019

Incoming EU chief says bloc ready for 'no-deal' Brexit

Ursula von der Leyen said she would ask the bloc's current Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier to continue in his role

Incoming head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a meeting with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (not pictured) at the Prime Minister Chancellery in Warsaw, Poland July 25, 2019. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

Incoming head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a meeting with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (not pictured) at the Prime Minister Chancellery in Warsaw, Poland July 25, 2019. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

BRUSSELS - The European Union has completed contingency preparations for any 'no-deal' Brexit but such a departure would not benefit the bloc or Britain, the incoming head of the European Commission said on Tuesday.

In unveiling her team to lead the next EU executive, Ursula von der Leyen said she would ask the bloc's current Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier to continue in his role.

(Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Kevin Liffey) ((gabriela.baczynska@thomsonreuters.com; +32 2 287 68 39; Reuters Messaging: gabriela.baczynska.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

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