The European Union showed its unity against London on Tuesday and called London to clarify its position after the massive rejection by the British parliament of the Brexit agreement that increases the risk of chaotic separation.
"It is now up to the British government to say what the next step is, the EU will stay united and determined to reach an agreement," European Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier told reporters in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
The rejection by the British parliament of the negotiated Brexit deal increased the risk of a divorce without an agreement, warned European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in a statement.
"I call on the United Kingdom to clarify its intentions as soon as possible, the time is almost over," said the president of the European executive, adding "a note of regret of the British vote".
EU President Donald Tusk, who represents the leaders of the Member States, proposed after the failure of Prime Minister Theresa May to sell her Brexit agreement to lawmakers, that Great Britain give up Union.
"If an agreement is impossible and nobody wants a disagreement, who finally has the courage to say what the only positive solution is?", Asked Mr. Tusk, the first European leader who could speak after the vote, in a tweet.
Mr Juncker stressed that the European Parliament and the European institutions would continue their efforts to endorse the agreement they signed with Ms May in November, in the hope of preventing a catastrophic break.
"On the EU side, the ratification process of the withdrawal agreement continues," he said.
"The withdrawal agreement is a fair compromise and the best possible deal, reducing the damage caused by Brexit for citizens and businesses across Europe, the only way to ensure an orderly withdrawal from the United Kingdom of the European Union, "Juncker added.
He said that even if the Commission did not want a divorce without agreement, the executive power of the EU "would continue to prepare its emergency solution to ensure that the EU is fully prepared" on the consequences of a Brexit brutal.
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The 27 remaining countries in the EU "will remain united" against London after the rejection by British parliamentarians of the agreement negotiated with Theresa May, said a spokesman for the President of the European Council on Tuesday evening.
"We regret the outcome of this vote and we urge the British Government to clarify its intentions as soon as possible," the spokesman said, adding that Tusk had consulted leaders from other EU countries.
The President of the European Parliament, the Italian Antonio Tajani, called the vote "bad news". "Our first thoughts go out to 3.6 million European citizens living in the UK and the British living in other European countries," he added.
"They need guarantees about their future, we will always be on their side," he promised.
Several European leaders responded on Tuesday evening. "The pressure is on the side of Britain" to find a solution, said French President Emmanuel Macron.
Regretting the British vote, the Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, like the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, also emphasized that "the ball was in the British camp".
Sebastian Kurz, reconfirmed the Brussels line, to the exclusion of "any renegotiation of the withdrawal agreement" concluded in November between Ms May and the 27th.