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VIENNA (Reuters) – A no-deal Brexit would injure Britain more than the rest of Europe no matter how much Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government pretends otherwise, outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker stated in remarks released on Saturday.
Britain has actually been pressing the European Union to amend the terms of Britain’s withdrawal contract, saying Brussels would have to take obligation for a no-deal Brexit if it does not compromise.
However at the end of the day that would do the most damage to Britain, Juncker informed a regional paper in the Austrian province of Tyrol, where he routinely invests his summer season holiday.
” If it comes to a tough Brexit, that is in nobody’s interest, however the British would be the big losers. They are acting as though that were not the case but it is,” Juncker told the Tiroler Tageszeitung paper.
” We are completely prepared although some in Britain say we are not well set up for a ‘no offer’. However I am not participating in these little summer video games,” stated Juncker, who is because of be prospered by German conservative Ursula von der Leyen once she has assembled her Commission.
The European Union has said the withdrawal arrangement worked out by the previous British administration led by Theresa May will not be re-opened. Johnson states it desires a crucial element of that deal, the so-called Irish “backstop”, to be scrapped.
The backstop, concurred between Brussels and May’s federal government, intends to keep the border in between the Republic of Ireland and British-ruled Northern Ireland open, and would efficiently keep Northern Ireland within the EU’s single market if no alternative arrangement can be discovered.
” We have made clear that we are not prepared to hold brand-new negotiations on the withdrawal arrangement however only to make specific information in the framework of the political declarations that regulate future relations in between the United Kingdom and European Union,” Juncker said.
” We are well ready (for no deal) and I hope the British are too.”
Reporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by Stephen Powell