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Brexit Deal: Trading Bloc and Brexit Timetable

brexit deal: We are prepared for the worst but hope for the best, European Council President Donald Tusk said Friday, according to CTV. As you know, hope dies last. Almost three years after Britons voted to walk away from the EU, the bloc's leaders seized control of the Brexit timetable from May to avert a chaotic departure at the end of this month that would be disruptive for the world's biggest trading bloc and deeply damaging for Britain. May's mantra since Britain's EU membership referendum in 2016 has always been about taking back control of U.K. affairs from the EU. But the process has seen her lose control -- of the U.K. Parliament, which has twice rejected her Brexit deal, and now of Britain's date of departure. At marathon late night talks Thursday in Brussels, they rejected May's request to extend the Brexit deadline from March 29 until June 30. In a move that underlined their loss of confidence in May, EU leaders set two deadlines for Britain to leave the bloc of nearly half a billion people or to take an entirely new path in considering its EU future. ( As reported in the news.