French government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye is warning that the risk of a no-deal Brexit still exists ahead of a European Union summit.
Ndiaye expressed his mind during the weekly Cabinet meeting on Wednesday at the Elysee palace, as President Emmanuel Macron was about to head to Brussels for the summit. “The no-deal option is obviously the one we would least want ... there’s actually a risk and France is prepared”, she said.
Ndiaye said that France is open to granting an extension to the Brexit deadline but “this is not automatic.” France wants a “clear and credible prospect” from Britain and commitments not to endanger the EU institutions, she said.
She declined to provide details on what kind of extension France considers acceptable. Britain is currently scheduled to leave the EU on Friday, with or without a deal.