LONDON, Sep 22 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said in an interview issued on Sunday by the British network Sky News that he is convinced that the United Kingdom will finally leave the EU and has warned again that, if there is Brexit without agreement, in Ireland there will be a “hard” border.
“I am convinced that there will be Brexit,” Juncker said in the interview, recorded last week, before receiving the new proposals from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to modify the previous agreement reached between Brussels and its predecessor, Theresa May.
Regarding the possibility of the establishment of a border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in case there is no agreed exit, Juncker has answered “yes”. “We must ensure the defense of the interest of the European Union and the international market,” he argued.
In that regard, he has criticized British deputies who “have forgotten history” in reference to the Good Friday Agreement that ended decades of violence in Northern Ireland. If there is a hard border, “history will return immediately.” “The situation in Ireland has improved. We should not play with this,” he added.
However, he stressed that the EU will not be responsible if violence returns. “The EU will not be in any way responsible for any of the consequences of Brexit. It has been a British decision. A sovereign decision that we respect; but do not attempt to burden the EU with responsibility. The EU is not leaving the United Kingdom; The United Kingdom is leaving the EU, “he argued.
The United Kingdom and the EU have set October 31 as the United Kingdom's date of departure from the block, but London wants a new agreement other than the one agreed by May that allows it to control its border with Ireland. Johnson has warned that if there is no new agreement with Brussels there will also be Brexit on schedule.