Despite rising fears over the potential of a no-deal Brexit, the president of the European Commission has insisted that a deal between the UK and the EU is possible.
EC President @JunckerEU said he thinks a #Brexit deal can be reached by 31 October.— Sky News (@SkyNews) 19 September 2019
Speaking exclusively to @RidgeOnSunday, he also warned that a no-deal #Brexit would be "catastrophic" for Britain and for the EU.
Check out the full interview on #Ridge from 8.30am this Sunday. pic.twitter.com/8ahZ6X8l4K
Speaking to Sky’s Sophy Ridge, Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the EU Commission, has raised hopes that a no-deal Brexit can be avoided.
Referencing a “rather positive meeting” he had with prime minister Boris Johnson, Juncker said: “We can have a deal. I am doing everything to have a deal because I don’t like the idea of a no-deal because I think this would have catastrophic consequences.”
On the backstop, Juncker admitted that the controversial plan could be dropped if the proposed alternative arrangements would maintain the internal market.
He said: “I don’t have an erotic relationship with the backstop, if the results are there I don’t care.
Jean-Claude Juncker says there would be a border between Northern Ireland and Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit and says he believes "some member of the British Parliament" are "forgetting about history" in Ireland #Ridge pic.twitter.com/DylMzfJOel— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) September 22, 2019
“If the objectives are met, all of them, then we don’t need the backstop.”
When asked by Sophy Ridge if Theresa May’s thrice rejected withdrawal agreement could be re-opened, Juncker also stated that it would not be.