EU leaders comments on Brexit at informal summit in Austria

EU leaders comments on Brexit at informal summit in Austria

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SALZBURG, Austria (Reuters) – European Union leaders met in Salzburg, Austria, for an off-the-cuff summit to debate migration and Brexit. Under are feedback of leaders earlier than and after the the assembly on Thursday.

European Union leaders arrive for a household photograph in the course of the casual summit in Salzburg, Austria, September 20, 2018. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

DUTCH PRIME MINISTER MARK RUTTE

“I’m nonetheless optimistic we will come to a joint place later this yr and the Chequers proposal in itself is useful however its not the result.”

“We’ve got made extra preparations for a no deal.”

FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON

“To start with, I’m not the one who created an Irish authorities… Second, we now have very clear ideas concerning the integrity of the one market and concerning exactly the Irish border. It was exact in March and it was endorsed by the 27 members. So, we now have to search out collectively and we’d like a UK proposal exactly preserving this backstop within the framework of a withdrawal settlement.”

“I by no means command speculations. I’ve enough work with actuality.”

IRISH PRIME MINISTER LEO VARADKAR

“I had an excellent assembly this morning with Prime Minister Might and her workforce. Time is operating quick. There’s proposals for an additional summit in October after which in November. Eire is a rustic that clearly needs to keep away from a no deal state of affairs, we wish to keep away from a no deal Brexit, (however) we’re making ready for that, we’re hiring further workers and officers, placing in IT methods, we’re prepared for that eventuality ought to it happen. However I feel we have to double our efforts over the following couple of weeks to ensure that we now have a deal.”

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa Might arrive for a household photograph in the course of the European Union leaders casual summit in Salzburg, Austria, September 20, 2018. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

“That deal after all would contain three parts, so withdrawal agreements offering for the UK to depart with a transition interval, a protocol on Eire and Northern Eire ensuring that underneath all circumstances there gained’t be a tough border on the island of Eire, and likewise a joint political declaration outlining what that new relationship goes to appear to be.”

“Prime Minister Might and I’ve conversations about this on a regular basis, however it is a negotiation between the European Union and United Kingdom, and Eire is staying on the coronary heart of Europe, we’re staying within the single market within the Euro, we assist defend these nice initiatives which have introduced monumental prosperity throughout the continent of Europe. So this finally goes to be a brand new treaty, a brand new negotiation between the EU and the UK.”

“We’ve got a border already within the sense that there’s a political border and completely different currencies utilized in Northern Eire vs. Eire, for instance, so a political border does exist. What we wish to keep away from is any new obstacles to the motion of products, any new obstacles to commerce, any new obstacles to the motion of individuals. Simply consider all of the folks on a regular basis who cross the border to work or examine, consider all the companies who commerce throughout the border, in order that’s what we’re making an attempt to engineer in some ways, is a brand new relationship that a minimum of in terms of these issues, could be very very like the one we now have now, however that’s troublesome to do.”

BELGIAN PRIME MINISTER CHARLES MICHEL

“Right now I can see that it’s essential to make all of the steps as a result of the proposals aren’t sufficient so as to have an settlement.”

EUROPEAN COMMISSION PRESIDENT JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER

ON THE PRESENTATION OF BRITISH PM THERESA MAY ON WEDNESDAY

“It was fascinating, it was well mannered, it was not aggressive. She is doing her job.”

LUXEMBOURG PRIME MINISTER XAVIER BETTEL

“We listened to Teresa Might yesterday, I feel that she informed us the efforts the British authorities did, and right now we hearken to Michel Barnier on the completely different factors. I nonetheless consider that there’s some troublesome factors. I absolutely consider that we can discover an settlement.”

“It’s a compromise from each side, it’s not on one aspect.”

AUSTRIAN CHANCELLOR SEBASTIAN KURZ

“You realize that, as earlier than, the approaches are very completely different. However to report one thing constructive, contained in the room, away from the exhausting media statements exterior, I feel each side are conscious that they are going to solely attain an answer in the event that they transfer in the direction of one another.”

Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop, Daphne Psaledakis and Jan Strupczewski

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