PARIS – European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said that due to the lack of progress in negotiations with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the risk of the United Kingdom leaving the EU without an agreement remains very high. He made the corresponding statement, speaking at the plenary session of the European Parliament on Wednesday.
“You will be surprised, but in the negotiations, Johnson told us that he wants to conclude an agreement on the terms of “Brexit.” But he also said that Britain would leave the EU on October 31 with or without a deal, Juncker said. – This suggests that the risk of Brexit without a deal remains very real. Perhaps it will be the choice of the UK government, but not the EU.” He stressed the need to preserve the integrity of the common European market and prevent a physical border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
“I still hope that we will be able to achieve an agreed UK exit from the EU, so we asked the UK to put forward specific, detailed and working ideas on the most difficult issue, in particular, the hard border with Northern Ireland,” said Finnish Minister for Europe Tyutti Tuppurainen, who spoke at the meeting. The EU’s chief “Brexit” negotiator Michel Barnier pointed out that in the event of a Brexit without a deal, the problems of the Irish border, as well as London’s financial obligations to the EU, will not disappear and will have to be solved.
The leader of the European people’s party, Manfred Weber, pointed to the need for a deal to ensure financial stability and suggested again giving the British people a chance to speak out about “Brexit.”
Following the debate, a resolution is expected to be adopted, in which MEPs outlined their position on key issues related to the negotiations on the UK’s exit from the EU.