Brexit has been a ‘waste of time and energy’, EU’s Jean-Claude Juncker says

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Brexit has been a “waste of time and energy” for the European Union, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said.

Addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg, he said the bloc could only ratify the Brexit deal that was agreed last week once it has been approved by British MPs.

“We need now to watch events in Westminster very closely, but it’s not possible, not imaginable that this parliament would ratify the agreement before Westminster has ratified the agreement,” Mr Juncker told MEPs.

“First London, then Brussels and Strasbourg,” Mr Juncker told MEPs.

European Council President Donald Tusk said he was discussing Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s request for a delay to Brexit, with a decision set to be made “in the coming days”.

He continued: “It is obvious that the result of these consultations will very much depend on what the British parliament decides or doesn’t decide.

“We should be ready for every scenario.

“But one thing must be clear. As I said to Prime Minister Johnson on Saturday, a no-deal Brexit will never be our decision.”

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