The “chaos” of delaying Brexit could be worse than a no-deal scenario, according to Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė, who predicted that the EU would negotiate mini-deals to mitigate the worst outcomes.
Speaking to Euronews on the fringes of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Grybauskaitė said that prolonging the uncertainty created by the current situation was damaging for Brussels and London.
“The more we will be trying to extend any kind of uncertainty, the worse it will be for both sides. And in that case, it’s better to finish this chaos sooner even with no deal, or with any kind of deal,” she said.
“Because I know that even worse a scenario will come in without a deal. We will start immediately to negotiate with U.K. on special, narrow, sectoral questions to solve,” she added, predicting that in parallel the EU would negotiate a wide-ranging “new relations agreement.”
Her suggestion will be comforting to Brexiteers who argue that the U.K. should leave without a deal but mitigate the worst economic consequences by doing a series of mini-deals with Brussels on specific issues.
Grybauskaitė, who has a vote on the European Council, which must unanimously approve any request to extend Article 50, predicted that if the U.K. asked to put back Brexit day, “we will be trying to be supportive and helpful.”