In London and Brussels, both sides are looking forward to a breakthrough in the Brexit dispute. If it comes to an agreement in the negotiations, it could be decided next week. EU Commission President Juncker shows resigned: One must wait and drink tea.
Negotiations on the Brexit dispute continue on both sides: London and Brussels are currently separately discussing the sticking points of a possible compromise. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson wanted to inform his cabinet about the negotiations at noon. EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier wants EU diplomats to brief the EU ambassadors early this evening on the state of recent talks and take stock.
"The hope is that British negotiators have shown sufficient flexibility to continue the negotiations and to be able to conclude quickly, "said the diplomat. "The clock is ticking," he added. The status of the Brexit negotiations should also be discussed in a meeting of Chancellor Angela Merkel with French President Emmanuel Macron in the evening.
Barnier and British Brexit negotiator Steve Barclay negotiated a new compromise proposal from London on Friday behind closed doors. Subsequently, the EU countries gave the green light for intensified Brexit talks with London in the coming days. Should this lead to a breakthrough, the agreement should be adopted at the EU summit on 17 and 18 October.
Meanwhile, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker does not dare to predict the outcome of the Brexit dispute with Great Britain , "From today's point of view, I can not assess what Premier (Boris) Johnson will do at the European Council next week," Juncker told the Austrian newspaper "Kurier". He continued: "And what makes the British Parliament finally ready for decision is not clear, I said the other day: Compared to the British Parliament, an Egyptian sphinx is an open book, so you have to wait and – because of England – tea
Juncker: Brits to be Renewed
Juncker argued that Britain's request for another postponement of the EU exit should be allowed. If "the British are asking for extra time, which they probably will not do, I would consider it unhistorical to refuse to do so, but I certainly do not kneel down to ask them for an extension."
Johnson reaffirmed Sunday that he wanted to lead his country out of the EU later this month – with or without agreements. "Implementing Brexit by October 31st is absolutely crucial," he said. Last week, Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar announced in a joint statement that agreement could be reached on the controversial border issue between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
So far, little has been made public about the UK compromise proposal. Apparently, he envisages a "customs partnership" between Northern Ireland and the EU. The EU insists that customs controls at the Irish-Northern Ireland border be prevented. However, not only Brussels must agree to a Brexit agreement, but also the British Parliament. Agreements that Johnson's predecessor Theresa May had negotiated with Brussels had already been passed three times by MPs.
Because Johnson's Conservative Tories no longer have a majority in parliament, the PM relies on the support of the Northern Ireland Unionists. Its group leader, Nigel Dodds, told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica that "Northern Ireland must remain fully in a customs union with the United Kingdom". "Boris Johnson knows exactly," said Dodds.
Second Brexit referendum in the room
Left-wing opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn announced in Sky that he would wait for the EU summit. "We will look at every agreement that is presented before we initiate a choice," said the Labor Chief. Parliament has by law committed Johnson in early September to request a Brexit shift if there is no agreement with the EU on an agreement by October 19.
Also the chances for a second Brexit referendum According to a report by the British "Observer" have become better. Thus, opposition MPs could make a referendum a condition for their yes to a withdrawal agreement from Johnson. Should a deal with the EU be successful, Labor MP Peter Kyle would imagine that the British could face the choice between Brexit on these terms and remaining in the EU.