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The time for negotiations between the UK and European Union is over and there will be no more “clarification” on the Withdrawl Agreement.

That’s according to the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, who made the comments in an exclusive interview with Euronews.

Brussels will immediately ask “why” if London requests an extension to its deadline to leave the EU, he added.

It is one of the clearest indications yet that any bid by the UK to prolong Article 50 will not be straightforward.

Barnier, speaking to Daniel Cohn Bendit, said: “It could be a tactical, a political prolongation.

“In that case, I know the answers and the reaction of the EU side, the EU leaders, the EU Parliament: what for? Why do you need a prolongation? So is it for organising a new referendum, new elections or not? I cannot answer this question at the place of the UK government.”