SALZBURG, Austria (Reuters) – European Union leaders met in Salzburg, Austria for a casual summit to debate migration and Brexit. Under are feedback of leaders arriving for a dinner on Wednesday earlier than the principle summit day on Thursday.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for the casual assembly of European Union leaders forward of the EU summit, in Salzburg, Austria, September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL
“I hope that we’ve got an exit that takes place in a great ambiance, with nice respect for one another and that in sure areas very shut cooperation is feasible, particularly within the areas of safety — of home and likewise overseas safety.”
BRITISH PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY
“I imagine this (Chequers) is the fitting proposal as a result of it maintains frictionless commerce. It’s the one credible and negotiable plan on the desk that delivers no laborious border in Northern Eire and likewise delivers on the vote of the British individuals.
“If we’re going to realize a profitable conclusion then, simply because the UK has developed its place, the EU might want to evolve its place too.
“I’m assured that with good will and dedication we will agree a deal that proper for each events.
Query on Barnier feedback about bettering Irish backstop resolution
“I welcome the truth that Michel Barnier is recognising the necessity to discover a new resolution. The unique proposal put ahead by the European Fee was unacceptable to us.
“We’ve all the time recognised that there are distinctive circumstances that apply in Northern Eire, for instance in relation to checks for some agricultural merchandise. However what we can not settle for is seeing Northern Eire carved away successfully from the UK’s customs territory.
“There are outstanding Labour members just like the mayor of London who at the moment are attempting to take us again to sq. one and are backing a second referendum and suspending the Brexit date, the exit day. I need to be completely clear: this authorities won’t ever settle for a second referendum. The British individuals have voted to depart the European Union and we might be leaving on the 29th of March, 2019.”
“I now name on the Labour management to rule out a second referendum and cease attempting to frustrate the Brexit course of.
“It’s now a matter of belief in British politicians that we should always ship on the need of the individuals.”
LUXEMBOURG PRIME MINISTER XAVIER BETTEL
“There are nonetheless efforts to make. We have to discover a deal, a no-deal is a extremely dangerous resolution. It’s a horrible resolution for the UK and a foul resolution for Europe. So we have to discover a deal.”
AUSTRIAN CHANCELLOR SEBASTIAN KURZ
“We’re satisfied that we’d like a deal. We should do every part to keep away from a tough Brexit. It will not simply hurt British, however would additionally trigger harm for us in Europe.
“We’re striving to make a compromise doable. (EU Brexit negotiator) Michel Barnier is doing properly, he has our full assist. He has taken a step in direction of the British. Now we count on a willingness to compromise from the British hopefully to convey a couple of deal.
“We’ll suggest at present there’s a unprecedented summit in November and if the member states assist this, it can occur. Hopefully by then we are going to attain an settlement with Nice Britain.”
SLOVENIAN PRIME MINISTER MARJAN SAREC
“We hope there might be a deal. There may be even an opportunity in October … however we’ll see. It’s not only one negotiator – if Britain additionally assist this … it’s doable.”
Reporting by Brussels newsroom