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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Juncker: No More Brexit Negotiations

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7Dnews London - Reuters

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 18:17 GMT

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker announced on Wednesday March 20th that the EU has done a lot to accommodate Britain over Brexit and can go no further, ahead of the set date of March 29th as a deadline for Brexit divorce.

With just nine days to go, Juncker has played down hopes of a breakthrough at this week's EU summit, which brings more uncertainty around Brexit options including leaving with British Prime Minister Theresa May's deal, a short or longer delay, a disruptive no-deal exit or another referendum.

According to Reuters, Juncker said as far as he knew, a letter from May seeking a delay to Brexit to the EU had not yet arrived. The BBC and Sky reported earlier that May would request a short delay in a letter to the EU.

"There will be no re-negotiations, no new negotiations, no additional guarantees in addition to those already given," Juncker told Germany's Deutschlandfunk radio. "We have intensively moved towards Britain, there can be no more."

This week's EU summit will address Brexit and Juncker played down hopes of a breakthrough.

"My view this morning at quarter past eight is that we will not get this through this week and we will have to meet again next week," he said, adding a no-deal Brexit was not desirable but Britain must offer clarity and clear proposals.

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