UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The European Union has warned British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that if Britain emerges from the bloc without agreement, only the United Kingdom will be held responsible.
With Britain’s Brexit due on October 31 and Johnson’s insistence on substantial amendments to the withdrawal agreement between former Prime Minister Theresa May with Brussels, there are fears that Britain is likely to leave the bloc without an agreement, with the accompanying It is a major economic turmoil.
Days after Johnson and European Council President Donald Tusk exchanged blame for Brexit without an agreement, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker entered the front line.
European Union countries have challenged Johnson to find a viable alternative to the “Irish safety net” plan he insists on writing off.
In a telephone conversation with British Prime Minister Juncker stressed that the European Union should not be held responsible if the situation deteriorates.
In a statement, the Commission quoted Juncker as saying during the call that “although the EU is fully prepared for the (Brexit) scenario without agreement, it will make every effort to avoid this happening.”
“The (Brexit) scenario without an agreement would be the decision of the UK, not the EU,” he said.
On Tuesday, Brexit leader Nigel Farrag urged the British prime minister to abandon the current agreement and to leave the EU without an agreement.
Johnson insists that May’s agreement with Brussels, which was rejected three times by the British House of Commons, has expired and should be amended, especially in relation to border procedures between the EU member Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, a British province.
Johnson said after talks in Paris and Berlin last week that he was “a little more optimistic” about imposing a deal with the EU.
The European Commission announced that Juncker “reiterated his willingness to work constructively with Prime Minister Johnson and to discuss any concrete proposals he may make, provided that they are consistent with the withdrawal agreement.”
The statement said Juncker “confirmed that the support of the 27 member states of Ireland is firm and that the EU will continue to look after Ireland’s interests with great interest.”
Juncker’s term ends in October and Ursula von der Leyen will succeed him.
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