Decisive days for UK trade pact, EU prepares for no-deal Brexit - chief executive

The European Union is well prepared for a no-deal scenario

  
European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen wears a mask during a debate on next EU council and last Brexit development during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium November 25, 2020. Olivier Hoslet/Pool via REUTERS

European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen wears a mask during a debate on next EU council and last Brexit development during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium November 25, 2020. Olivier Hoslet/Pool via REUTERS

BRUSSELS - The European Commission cannot guarantee there will be a trade pact with Britain after its departure from the European Union and the coming days will be crucial, the EU's chief executive said on Wednesday, adding the bloc was prepared for a no-deal.

"The next days are going to be decisive. The European Union is well prepared for a no-deal scenario," European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told the European Parliament.

"With very little time ahead of us, we will do all in our power to reach an agreement. We are ready to be creative", she said.

(Reporting by Marine Strauss, Robin Emmott, Editing by Gabriela Baczynska) ((robin.emmott@thomsonreuters.com; +32 2 287 6835; Reuters Messaging: robin.emmott.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

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