BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS: “The potential for an agreement between the two parties has increased in recent days,” said Jean-Claude Juncker to the Austrian press ..
The chances of an “agreement” between the EU and Britain in the Brexit negotiations have “increased” in recent days, said the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, according to statements reported by the daily Standard , after an interview with several Austrian media.
“I have reason to believe that the potential for rapprochement between the two parties has increased in recent days,” said Jean-Claude Juncker. “But we can not predict if we will conclude in October. If it does not, it will be in November, “he added.
“Our will is intact”
British Prime Minister Theresa May strove this week at a Conservative Party convention to gather her troops around her vision of the Brexit, whose negotiations with the 27 took a tumultuous turn at a summit in March. Salzburg at the end of September.
“I think we need to distance ourselves from the” no deal “scenario,” said the head of the European executive in the Standard , “on the assumption that an agreement will be reached”. “We are not there. But our will is intact, “he adds.
Departure scheduled for 29th March, 2019
A decisive meeting is scheduled between Theresa May and her EU counterparts on 17 October. The Europeans and the British hope to reach an agreement by November on the modalities for the departure of the United Kingdom, scheduled for the 29th March 2019, as well as on a declaration setting the framework for their future relationship.
Jean-Claude Juncker also regrets that the Commission did not intervene to put forward its arguments against a Brexit, at the time of the British referendum campaign on the exit of the EU.
“The Cameron government had asked me not to intervene in the 2016 referendum campaign. I regret that the Commission has followed the British will (…)”, he explains. “The real questions may have been put on the table,” he continues. “We could already see clearly what mistakes and mistakes this unfortunate vote of the British would lead.”