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EU Council will be too late to negotiate Brexit deal: French source

 

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FILE PHOTO: The British and European Union flags are seen behind an empty podium which was reserved for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, during a scheduled news conference with Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel in Luxembourg, September 16, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman

 

PARIS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Time to agree a Brexit deal is running out and it will be too late for European leaders to iron out a deal at a European Council meeting in Brussels in mid-October, a French diplomatic source said on Thursday.

 

The French warning comes after President Emmanuel Macron met the Finnish prime minister in Paris on Wednesday.

 

“The idea was to say that time is running out and that we won’t be negotiating directly at the European Council in mid-October,” the source said.

 

Finnish media cited Prime Minister Antti Rinne as saying he and Macron had agreed an end-September deadline for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to present Europe with a concrete proposal to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

 

The source said this had been the message already conveyed by Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel last month.

 

After his meeting with Macron at the Elysee palace on Wednesday, the Finnish premier said Britain has until end-September to explain how they will avoid crashing out of the EU, according to Finnish news agency STT.

 

“If there is no proposals - and I believe that quite a few European country leaders will agree with the position we reached with Macron today - then, it’s over,” Rinne was quoted as saying.

 

“We are a bit worried over what is happening at the moment in Britain and the mess which is created in Europe,” he added.

 

Separately, two senior EU diplomats said there was no firm deadline of Sept 30 and no deadline has been discussed among the 27, but one added that there was a realisation that the end of September was as late as the UK could go to avoid a failure at the Oct. 17-18 summit.

 

“The 30th is not a precise date discussed and agreed by the 27. But these issues are not easy to tackle. If you want to prepare properly for the summit, the 30th of September is already tight,” the EU diplomat told Reuters.

 

“If you are too late the council will not be able to produce any meaningful results.”

 

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11 minutes ago, Emdog said:
Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
Fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way.
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way.
Every year is getting shorter never seem to find the time.
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
The time is gone, the deal is over,
Thought I'd someone more to play.

 

 

How's your pond, Mr Thoreau?

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11 minutes ago, kamahele said:

I have hold my tongue every time that I hear from Brit expats that "we pay into the EU much more than we get back". They seem to have no idea what the economic benefits have been for the UK as a member of the EU. Prior to joining the EU, the UK was known as "the sick man of Europe". Had to apply three times before being accepted. The UK economy with some years being exceptions has grown tremendously during their years as a member. 

It's true. The Brexiteers actually believe that the UK has sent fools to Brussels for over 40 years. Now the Brexiteers celebrate their new nationalism, but stating their elected leaders over 40 years of stupidity. Arrogance and no respect for their own country leaders. As if your own country leaders have not acted for 40 years in the interests of their own country.

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