News ID: 236650
Published: 0323 GMT December 30, 2018

EU's Juncker urges Britain: Get your act together on Brexit

EU's Juncker urges Britain: Get your act together on Brexit
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The head of the European Union's executive branch is urging Britain to "get your act together" and decide what exactly the country wants as Brexit looms.

Britain is due to leave the EU March 29 but its Parliament hasn't approved the government's divorce deal with the EU, which many lawmakers loathe. A vote is scheduled in mid-January, AP reported.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told Sunday's edition of Germany's Welt am Sonntag newspaper it is "entirely unreasonable for parts of the British public to believe that it is for the EU alone to propose a solution for all future British problems."

He added, "My appeal is this: Get your act together and then tell us what it is you want. Our proposed solutions have been on the table for months."

 

Putting back date

 

The Observer, the British newspaper, reported on Sunday that lawmakers discuss putting back date of Britain’s departure from the EU by several months.

Cross-party talks are under way in the UK to delay Brexit if the government fails to get its deal through Parliament next month the report said.

Preparations for a no-deal Brexit have intensified in Britain with civil servants and government officials working through the Christmas holiday to prepare contingency plans and thousands of military personnel will be on standby to cope with any fallout, Politico reported.

Aiming to avoid such a scenario, MPs from both the ruling Conservatives and opposition Labour Party are talking about putting back the March 29 Brexit date by several months if Prime Minister Theresa May's deal is defeated in the House of Commons, the British newspaper said.

Labour’s Brexit spokesperson Keir Starmer said, “If the deal is rejected, Parliament will need to have a very serious debate about how to protect the economy for a no-deal scenario and at this stage nothing should be ruled out.”

EU leaders have said the deal with May cannot be renegotiated. Britain’s International Trade Secretary Liam Fox told The Sunday Times that if Parliament rejects the deal, he would not put the chances of Brexit going ahead on schedule at “much more than 50-50.”

 

 

   
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