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Statement from Donald Tusk’s spokesman comes after Theresa May’s Brexit deal suffers second heavy defeat

An interesting line – unconfirmed, it should be noted – from ITV News’ Robert Peston:

I am hearing that @theresa_may and most – but not all – cabinet will vote to cancel no deal on 29 March. Interestingly ministers think former Remainer @Jeremy_Hunt will vote in other direction, for the option of no deal on 29 March.

Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, reacted to Tuesday’s decision in an article for El País. He said he profoundly regretted the rejection, which would serve only to “prolong the uncertainty just over two weeks” before Brexit was due to happen. He wrote:

[British] MPs neither ratified the withdrawal agreement, nor managed to reach a basic consensus on the real, existing possibilities: a no-deal exit or staying in the European Union.

On a day like today, the important thing is that Spain has done its job. Spaniards are ready for any scenario, with or without a deal.

The Spanish government’s number one priority has always been the same: To offer rigour, certainty and security to this process – especially for citizens and economic actors – and to strengthen the foundations of our future relationship with a country to which we are bound by profound links of many different kinds.

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