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Trump Regrets That EU Being 'So Tough' on UK Over Brexit

© Sputnik / Alexey Vitvitsky / Go to the mediabankUS President Donald Trump meets with EU leaders in Brussels
US President Donald Trump meets with EU leaders in Brussels - Sputnik International
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump has expressed regret over what he considers to be too harsh treatment toward the United Kingdom over Brexit by the European Union and warned the bloc that such a policy could backfire.

"Too bad that the European Union is being so tough on the United Kingdom and Brexit. The E.U. is likewise a brutal trading partner with the United States, which will change. Sometimes in life you have to let people breathe before it all comes back to bite you!" Trump tweeted after the meeting.

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On Wednesday evening, EU ministers took part in a Special European Council in Brussels and decided to give the United Kingdom a flexible Brexit extension until 31 October. London, meanwhile, is obliged to hold EU elections in May if the country does not leave by that time or withdraw without a deal on 1 June.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, left, greets British Prime Minister Theresa May during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. - Sputnik International
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European Council President Donald Tusk stated following the meeting that changes might be made to the political declaration on Brexit if necessary, but reaffirmed once again that the withdrawal agreement itself was not up for renegotiation.

Tusk also recalled that the UK had the possibility of revoking Article 50 and cancelling Brexit altogether during this extension.

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