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EC did not rule out personal meeting of Juncker and Johnson on Brexit

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The European Commission does not exclude a personal meeting of EC Chairman Jean-Claude Juncker and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to discuss Brexit, said European Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva.

The day before, Junker had a telephone conversation with Johnson. No concrete results of the negotiations have been reported. However, Juncker noted the issue of the Irish border, emphasizing that the EU will continue to be very attentive to the interests of Ireland remaining in the union.

“You can expect both political leaders, Chairman Juncker and Prime Minister Johnson, to continue their dialogue through phone calls or visits. We will let you know if something is planned,” Andreeva said at a briefing, answering questions about Brexit.

Great Britain should leave the EU on October 31. The original Brexit date was postponed from March 29 due to the fact that the British Parliament rejected the agreement on the terms of “divorce” three times. Without this agreement, a country’s “hard” withdrawal from the union will take place, which portends very unpleasant economic events, because from that moment on, all EU legislative provisions should cease to apply to the country.

This agreement was worked out in difficult negotiations with the EU by the government of Prime Minister Theresa May, who resigned amid failures with Brexit. The backstop provisions – the border of Northern Ireland (part of the United Kingdom) and the EU country Ireland, which is located on the island, of which Northern Ireland is a part, have been and remain a stumbling block in the agreement.

The British authorities want to amend the provisions of the treaty on this topic. The European Commission, which is responsible on behalf of the EU for developing Brexit conditions, refuses to revise the text of the agreement itself.

If the UK submits its specific proposals on how to break the current impasse under the Brexit agreement, the EC is ready to consider them, however, they should fit into the context of the “divorce” agreement and not violate the integrity of the European Union’s single market, the EU’s chief negotiator for Brexit said Michel Barnier


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