September 28, 2021

EU’s Juncker says he is convinced Brexit will happen: Sky

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker addresses the plenary of the European Parliament on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union during a debate on Brexit at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, September 18, 2019. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

BRIGHTON, England (Reuters) – EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said he is convinced Brexit will happen, reiterating that if Britain left the European Union without a deal there would be a new border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

“I’m convinced that Brexit will happen,” he told Sky News in an interview last week, before he had seen the ideas Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government sent to Brussels to try to push Brexit talks forward.

Asked whether there would be a new border between the British province of Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland if there was a no-deal Brexit, Juncker said: “Yes … We have to make sure that the interests of the European Union and of the internal market will be preserved.”

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper and William James; Editing by Dale Hudson

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