EU "still open" to Britain changing mind on Brexit

Donald Tusk, the European Council president, weighed in to new British debate on whether to hold a second referendum on Brexit by saying on Tuesday that Britons would be welcome to stay in the European Union.
European Council President Donald Tusk addresses a news conference during a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, December 15, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
Updating the European Parliament on the summit he chaired last month at which EU leaders agreed to open talks with London on the post-Brexit future, the former Polish premier said:
“If the UK government sticks to its decision to leave, Brexit will become a reality, with all its negative consequences, in March next year, unless there is a change of heart among our British friends.”
Referring to a comment about the reversibility of the 2016 referendum vote to leave by Britain’s Brexit minister, Tusk then added: “Wasn’t it David Davis himself who said ‘If a democracy cannot change its mind, it ceases to be a democracy’?”
“We here on the continent haven’t had a change of heart. Our hearts are still open to you.”