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EU's Juncker brands Brexit a 'waste of time and energy'

 

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker speaks during a debate on the last EU summit and Brexit at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, October 22, 2019. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

 

STRASBOURG (Reuters) - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday that Brexit has been a “waste of time and energy”, and it has irked him that he could not have spent more of his five-year mandate on making the bloc serve its citizens better.

 

Juncker told the European Union assembly in Strasbourg that it could only approve the Brexit deal that was struck with London last week once it has been approved by the British parliament.

 

“We need now to watch events in Westminster very closely, but it’s not possible, not imaginable that this parliament would ratify the agreement before Westminster has ratified the agreement. First London, then Brussels and Strasbourg,” he said.

 

European Council President Donald Tusk told EU lawmakers that he was discussing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s request for an extension of the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline with the leaders of the other 27 member states and would make a decision “in the coming days”.

 

“A no-deal Brexit will never be our decision,” Tusk told the European Parliament in Strasbourg, to applause from lawmakers.

 

Johnson faces two pivotal Brexit votes in parliament on Tuesday that will decide if he can deliver on his pledge to lead Britain out of the EU in just nine days time.

 

As the clock ticks down to the latest Oct. 31 deadline for the United Kingdom’s departure, Brexit is hanging in the balance as a divided parliament debates when, how and even whether it should happen.

 

After he was forced by opponents into the humiliation of asking the EU for a delay that he had promised he would never ask for, Johnson is battling to ram legislation through the House of Commons that will enact his last-minute Brexit deal.

 

Juncker has repeatedly said that he regrets Britain’s decision to leave the EU, which stemmed from a referendum three-and-a-half years ago.

 

“In truth it has pained me to spend so much of this mandate dealing with Brexit when I have thought of nothing less than how this union could better do for its citizens - waste of time and waste of energy,” he said.

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2019-10-22
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These so called 'lawmakers' need to follow the spirit of the law

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4 minutes ago, bangrak said:

EU informants tell the letter BoJo was forced by Parliament to send to the EU as PM, was NOT undersigned (not by him or anyone else)...!

...While a second letter was added, he had written in his personal name, saying he didn't want any more extension, that one signed in his name!

I guess even true brexiteers with some sense of honour will be disgusted by such turpitude.

It was probably your "EU informants" who started this trendy turpitude ball rolling. 

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He actually had a choice, what he wanted to be the most important thing in his work. Appearently facts today shows he made the wrong choice.

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48 minutes ago, damascase said:

A.: any request for such changes wasn’t for Juncker to decide, but for the 27 other Member States.

B.: you mean bij ‘changes’ even more opts-out and exemptions than the UK already had? 
Oh, never mind the facts, let’s just blame the EU for the mess we made of it...............
 

True but negotiations were held with the Council. Small changes and no extra opts outs that were not already in place. No good Juncker saying this now. The genie has left the building bottle.

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All history now, if Boris keeps his word...

 

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The government will abandon its Brexit bill if MPs vote down its three-day timetable to get it through Parliament.

Boris Johnson told MPs if the programme was rejected and the EU confirmed a delay to the 31 October exit, he would instead push for a general election.

The PM said Parliament had been "caught in a deadlock of its own making", and he would "in no way allow months more of this"

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-50142367

 

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8 minutes ago, nauseus said:

True but negotiations were held with the Council. Small changes and no extra opts outs that were not already in place. No good Juncker saying this now. The genie has left the building bottle.

It took you a while but there it is, that bottle again. Keep bringing it back so that we know who to blame for the Brexit shambles.

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