March 29, 2019 / 3:29 PM / in 24 days

Risk of no deal Brexit 'very real' - Dutch PM Rutte

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte attends a silent march in Utrecht in honour of the people wounded or killed in an attack on a tram on Monday, in Utrecht, Netherlands March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Friday Britain could now leave the European Union without a deal, after UK lawmakers rejected a withdrawal agreement negotiated by the EU and Prime Minister Theresa May for a third time.

“The risk of a no-deal Brexit is very real,” Rutte told reporters minutes after the vote in the British parliament.

“One of the two routes to an orderly Brexit seems now to be closed. This leaves only the other route, which is for the British to make clear what they want before April 12.”

Reporting by Stephanie van den Berg and Bart Meijer; Editing by Gareth Jones

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