The European Council President Donald Tusk assured the British leaders that there is still time to change their decision on leaving the European Union.
“If the UK government sticks to its decision to leave, Brexit will become a reality with all its negative consequences in March next year, unless there is a change of heart among our British friends. If a democracy cannot change its mind, it ceases to be a democracy. We, here on the continent, haven’t had a change of heart; our hearts are still open,” he said in the European Parliament.
His words were backed up by the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker. “President Tusk also made some comments on Brexit, he said that our door remains open. I hope that will be heard clearly in London,” he added.
London and Brussels are in a process of negotiating the terms of Brexit. In recent days media reported that the Brussels is set to toughen up its conditions and opt for “hard Brexit.” If the UK government fails to show any progress in the negotiations. The bloc is set to demand an explicit veto on British trade deals signed with other countries for around two years after Brexit, while EU free movement will be extended until the end of the transition period, with no controls on immigration until 2021.
Back in December, both sides reached a deal on a number of issues such as money citizens’ rights with talks are now moving onto transitional arrangements and future co-operation.
Some British politicians, including former UKIP leader Nigel Farage suggested that a second referendum on Brexit should take place, but these proposals have been shot down by both Labor and Conservative leaders.
The UK is due to leave the EU in March 2019.