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UK cannot be third country and retain EU benefits: EU's Barnier

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(Reuters) - Britain cannot be a third country and retain the benefits of the after it leaves the bloc in 2019, the EU's chief negotiator said on Tuesday

"One cannot have at the same time the status of a third country and demand at the same time the advantages of the (European) Union," Barnier told a plenary session of the in

"It is time to face up to the hard facts," he added.

(Reporting by and Philip Blenkinsop)

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 15:52 IST