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Juncker: Not too late for Brexit deal

  • Published at 08:50 pm September 22nd, 2019
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Protesters gather for a march and rally organised by 'The People's Vote'in Brighton, on the south coast of England on September 21, 2019 AFP

Juncker described as 'constructive and partly positive' his talks with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday in Luxembourg

There is still time for London and Brussels to make a Brexit deal, outgoing European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said in remarks published Sunday, as the clock runs down to a October 31 deadline.

Juncker also told the Spanish daily El Pais that he wished the Commission had played a more active role in the 2016 British referendum to counteract "lies and fake news."

Juncker described as "constructive and partly positive" his talks with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday in Luxembourg.

"I believe that we still have a chance to reach an agreement," the paper quoted Juncker as saying.

"I don't share the views of those who think that Johnson is playing games with us and with himself," he said.

Britain's departure from the EU "is a tragic moment for Europe", he said.

Juncker said he had not been surprised when a majority of Britons in 2016 voted for a departure from the bloc, because they had been told by elites for decades that political union was a "Federalist folly" and that a common market was sufficient.

But it was a regret that the Commission kept out of the referendum campaign when asked to by then-prime minister David Cameron, Juncker said.

"We at the Commission decided not to intervene, at the request of David Cameron, and that was a big mistake," he said.

Britain is racing toward its October 31 departure without an exit agreement and faces the threat of economic disruption that the government admits could cause food shortages and spark civil unrest.

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