EU 'will not be intimidated by threats' on Brexit: Tusk

"We will not be intimidated by threats and I can assure you they simply will not work," Tusk told the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

EU 'will not be intimidated by threats' on Brexit: Tusk

World Bulletin / News Desk

The European Union will not bow to British "threats" that it is prepared to walk away from Brexit talks without a deal, the bloc's president Donald Tusk said Wednesday.

"The claims, increasingly taking the form of threats, that no agreement will be good for the UK and bad for the EU, need to be addressed," Tusk said.

"I want to be clear that a no-deal scenario would be bad for everyone but above all for the UK."

British Prime Minister Theresa May said in January that she was ready to leave the EU without a deal on future relations if necessary.

"While I am sure a positive agreement can be reached -– I am equally clear that no deal for Britain is better than a bad deal for Britain," she said in a speech.

But former Polish premier Tusk, whose job as European Council head involves working to achieve consensus among the bloc's national leaders, said he remained optimistic that May would be sensible.

"Our goal is to have a smooth divorce and a good framework for the future. And it is good to know that Prime Minister Theresa May shares this view," he told MEPs.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Mart 2017, 12:27