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The Latest: EU official fears Brexit will hijack elections

By The Associated Press
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STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):

11:25 a.m.

The European Parliament's chief Brexit official says he wants to limit any Brexit deadline extension to a few months at best, fearing it will take over the whole European election campaign.

Guy Verhofstadt warned that the May 23-26 polls across the 27 remaining EU nations "will be hijacked by the Brexiteers and the whole Brexit issue" if the extension spills over past those days.

"We will talk only about that," he said.

The EU Commission has warned that if Britain were still a member at the time of the elections, it would be forced to organize polls to fill its seats in the European legislature.

Verhofstadt said that "the only thing we will do is give a new mandate to Mr. (Nigel) Farage," the UK lawmaker who has long campaigned in the European Parliament for Britain to leave.

Farage said that "I don't want me coming back here" and called for the EU to reject an extension and make sure the U.K. leaves on time.

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10:20 a.m.

The British prime minister who set the Brexit process in motion is warning that leaving the European Union without a deal would be disastrous for the U.K.

David Cameron told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he fully supports Prime Minister Theresa May's attempts to maintain a "close partnership" with Europe after Britain leaves the EU.

He says Parliament should vote to "rule out no-deal" and seek an extension to the March 29 deadline for Britain's departure.

Cameron resigned after failing to convince British voters to stay in the EU in the 2016 referendum. He called the referendum to settle an internal Conservative Party dispute but ended up losing his office.

He advises the prime minister to seek "partnership deals" within Parliament that might lead to a solution of the Brexit impasse.

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10:10 a.m.

Germany's economy minister says a decisive rejection of a no-deal Brexit by British lawmakers could be a "turning point" and create hope for millions.

The British Parliament will vote Wednesday on whether to leave the European Union without a deal March 29 after lawmakers on Tuesday voted down Prime Minister Theresa May's EU divorce agreement.

German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier tweeted: "After divisive debates & votes, today can become a turning point: Rejecting No-deal-Brexit by a large cross-party majority will unite millions in the U.K. & in Europe. Will create hope & solidarity."

He added: "Whatever you finally decide. Good luck dear friends!"

If a no-deal Brexit is rejected, lawmakers are due to vote Thursday on whether to delay Brexit.

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9 a.m.

Britain's government says it won't impose new checks and controls on goods at the Northern Ireland-Republic of Ireland border if the U.K. leaves the European Union without an agreement on future relations.

The policy is part of temporary tariff regime unveiled Wednesday to inform lawmakers who will vote later on whether to eliminate the possibility of a no-deal exit from the EU. The regime will last for up to 12 months.

As part of the plan, the government says there would be no tariffs on 87 percent of imports by value, a "modest liberalization" compared with current trade rules.

A mixture of tariffs and quotas will apply to beef, lamb, pork, poultry and some dairy "to support farmers and producers who have historically been protected through high EU tariffs."

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8:55 a.m.

The European Parliament's chief Brexit official has questioned whether a short extension of the March 29 Brexit deadline can be given if Britain doesn't emerge from its political chaos on the issue.

Guy Verhofstadt said that in the wake of the U.K. parliament's rejection of the Brexit deal, the European legislature had no reason to act on pushing back the deadline to avoid a chaotic British exit from the bloc.

Verhofstadt said that "I don't see reason to give any extension if first of all we don't know what the majority position is of the House of Commons."

He said that "we are waiting now for a proposal coming from London. It is now in London that they have to find a way out of this and break the deadlock."

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8:45 a.m.

The European Union's economic commissioner says the British parliament has squandered its last chance to secure a deal smoothing the way for Brexit.

Pierre Moscovici has told France-2 television that the EU has "done everything we could do" to reassure British lawmakers, who rejected British Prime Minister Theresa May's EU divorce deal for a second time Tuesday.

Moscovici said "the train has passed two times" and the EU will not renegotiate the deal before the scheduled Brexit date of March 29.

He left the door open to an eventual delay if the British request it, but only if there's a clear justification. He said the British have already said what they don't want, and now "it's up to the British to say what they want."

Moscovici said Tuesday's vote increases chances of a British departure that is "disorderly, brutal, like a cliff," including sudden new customs rules and trade chaos.

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8:20 a.m.

Germany's foreign minister says the U.K. Parliament's rejection of the Brexit deal negotiated on Britain's departure from the European Union was "reckless."

Heiko Maas says the EU made "far-reaching additional offers and assurances" at Britain's request this week.

In remarks released late Tuesday, Maas said the U.K. Parliament's decision to reject the deal "brings a no-deal scenario ever closer."

He added that "whoever rejects the agreement plays with the welfare of their citizens and the economy in a reckless way."

Maas said Germany is prepared "as best as possible for this worst possible case," though Germany hopes a disorderly Brexit can still be avoided in the coming 17 days.

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8:10 a.m.

The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator says Britain must finally get its act together as a chaotic no-deal departure from the bloc is little more than two weeks away.

Michel Barnier said Wednesday it was time for Westminster to change tack, after the U.K. parliament handed Prime Minister Theresa May another huge defeat on her freshly renegotiated Brexit deal.

Barnier said that "again the House of Commons says what it does not want. Now this impasse can only be solved in the U.K."

The EU parliament's Brexit group was meeting to assess the situation in Strasbourg, France before a plenary debate on the impasse.

British lawmakers rejected May's Brexit deal in a 391-242 vote on Tuesday night. Parliament will vote Wednesday on whether to leave the EU without a deal.

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