Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

EU's Juncker Hopes for Brexit Deal in November

EU's Juncker Hopes for Brexit Deal in November

The foreign secretary made the comments at the Tory conference on Sunday.

Mr Hunt raised hackles across the continent with his speech where he told European Union leaders: "At the moment you seem to think the way to keep the club together is to punish a member who leaves".

Despite anything that happens in Russian Federation, the Europeans shouldn't forget that they are neighbors with the country, the European Commission President said. "The EU was set up to protect freedom".

UKIP MEP Nigel Farage said the prime minister should "bite his hand off".

"The Soviet Union was about prisons and gulags, borders and walls, violence against citizens and neighbours", he said.

He added that as a Pole who lived under the Soviet sphere of influence for half his life, "I know what I am talking about".

The prime minister says she is opposed to such a deal precisely because it would require a customs border in the Irish Sea, and would lead to the break-up of the United Kingdom as we know it because Northern Ireland would have to be treated differently to the rest of the UK.

A tentative meeting has also been penciled in for November if there is still work to be done. Emotional arguments that stress the issue of dignity sound attractive, but they do not facilitate agreement.

Tory Brexiteers - who say Chequers would keep Britain too closely tied to the European Union after it has left the bloc - warmly welcomed Mr Tusk's comments saying they showed another deal was possible.

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So Shelagh Fogarty asked Mr Raab on Wednesday: "Does it bother you that Arlene Foster is starting to feel like the real European Union negotiator here?" Much further-reaching on trade, on internal security and on foreign policy cooperation. "I hope that it will be possible to avoid major losses on both sides", he said on the sidelines of a conference in Krakow, Poland.

The EU has proposed a "backstop" plan to keep the border open - under which Northern Ireland would remain aligned to some EU rules.

The EU is expecting the UK's new proposal on the Irish border to land next week.

Juncker told the Austrian papers that a political declaration on future relations between Britain and its former European partners was needed to accompany the Brexit deal.

"I think we need to refrain from this scenario of a no-deal", he said.

She added: "We asserted our common position that the "backstop" as already agreed must be maintained and is the absolute bottom line for Sinn Fein, SDLP, Alliance and Green Party".

Varadkar poured cold water on the UK's proposals.

Analysts at Commerzbank said a deal remained a long way away, with both sides yet to agree on customs arrangements for the Irish border and Prime Minister Theresa May allegedly trying to gain support among opposition Labour party lawmakers to get a deal voted through parliament.

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