A high-stakes meeting will decide Brexit's fate — and the U.K. won't be at the table

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By Alexander Smith

BRUSSELS — Here in the political heart of Europe, the United Kingdom is about to face a crucial crossroad in a Brexit process that has been thwarted by stubbornness and indecision.

And the country will have little say over its own fate.

On Wednesday night, 27 prime ministers and presidents from across the European Union will gather for a high-stakes summit.

They will have two broad options — and both have seismic consequences for the U.K. and beyond.

It appears the most likely outcome is that European leaders will offer the U.K. a long extension, postponing the date by up to one year when Brexit is set to finally happen.

This is still not certain however. If this pivotal summit fails to reach an agreement, Britain will crash out of Europe without a deal on Friday.

Although a “no-deal Brexit” does have its supporters, many experts regard this as a nightmare scenario that could shrink the economy, spark shortages of food and medicine, and even cause conflict in Northern Ireland.

source: nbcnews.com