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Hope 'common sense' will prevail on Brexit: EU President


Strasbourg, March 13 (IANS/AKI) Ahead of a crunch vote by British lawmakers Tuesday on Theresa May's tweaked deal on the UK's planned withdrawal from the European Union, said he hoped "common sense" would win out.

"We have done everything possible to reassure the UK on Brexit. We hope for a positive outcome to the vote and that common sense will prevail," Tajani wrote in a tweet.

Britain's exit from the EU hung in the balance on Tuesday after the government's lawyer, Geoffrey Cox, said last-minute "legally binding" assurances on the divorce deal that May won from the bloc left "unchanged" the risk of being trapped in the Irish 'backstop'.

Cox's advice said that the UK would have no legal means of exiting the backstop - an aimed at avoiding controls on the border between the British province of and EU-member Ireland - and would have to rely on agreement to leave the EU's orbit.



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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 00:12 IST