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Guy Verhofstadt, who is the European Parliament’s lead Brexit negotiator, described the vote as a “disaster” for the EU, claiming it is important for all parties to reach a successful arrangement.
Theresa May attended her final EU summit before she is expected to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, afterwards spelled out her desire to get down to business and begin Brexit negotiations with Brussels.
Mr Verhofstadt, however, warned his European Parliament colleagues will have the power to veto any deal between the UK and EU which is presented to them.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, the Belgian politician said: “The fact that a big country like Britain is leaving the European Union, I think the most negative fallout from this brexit referendum has not been, for now, economically.