Angela Merkel blasts EU hardliners trying to punish Britain for Brexit warning Europe needs UK

ANGELA Merkel has blasted EU bullies for trying to punish Britain over Brexit, it was claimed last night.

The German Chancellor reportedly hit out at Emmanuel Macron and Donald Tusk for pushing a tough line against the UK.

Angela Merkel hit out at Brussels hardliners

It came as European leaders claimed Theresa May has no chance of getting her deal through the Commons.

During late-night talks in Brussels, several EU chiefs claimed Britain now has a choice between No Deal and a long Brexit delay.

But Mrs Merkel warned the behaviour of senior figures such as Mr Macron and European Council boss Mr Tusk could damage relationships between the EU and UK.

She stormed: “Even if you don’t need the UK, we need them,” according to Politico.

The German leader accused her French counterpart of recklessly pushing Britain towards a No Deal Brexit.

And she warned the EU needed a plan to protect the Irish border in case Britain ends up leaving without a deal.

After hours of talks last night, leaders agreed to delay Brexit until May 22 as long as Mrs May gets her deal signed off by MPs.

If the PM fails in the third “meaningful vote” in the Commons, the delay will only last to April 12 – unless we opt for a months-long extension instead.

Mr Macron told the meeting he thought Mrs May’s chances of securing her deal are as low as 5 per cent.

And Belgium’s Charles Michel said it would need a “miracle” for the PM to prevail.

The French president added this morning: “If the British leave without a deal, we have already taken every measures to protect ourselves, our citizens and businesses.”

Yesterday Mrs May asked to push the Brexit deadline back from April 29 to June 30.

But European leaders insisted the extension can’t go beyond May – or Britain will have to take part in European Parliament elections.

Emmanuel Macron is striking a hard line towards Britain
Theresa May leaving Brussels this morning
PA:Press Association

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