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Juncker tells Johnson that it is his responsibility to propose “solutions” after a meeting without progress

September 16, 2019

BRUSSELS, Sep 16 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, reminded the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, that it is up to London to propose “solutions” that are compatible with the Withdrawal Agreement so that Brexit can be produced on October 31 .

Juncker and Johnson have held a working lunch in Luxembourg on Monday to review the technical discussions between the EU and the United Kingdom and “discuss the next steps,” as reported by the European Commission.

The head of the Community Executive “recalled that it is the responsibility of the United Kingdom to propose legally operational solutions that are compatible with the Withdrawal Agreement” signed by his predecessor in the position, Theresa May.

In this regard, Juncker, who has been accompanied by Michel Barnier, EU chief negotiator, has ensured that the Commission is willing to analyze whether these proposals comply with the safeguard mechanism for the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland – the called 'backstop', but “such proposals have not yet been made,” Brussels said.

Thus, the European Commission has expressed its willingness to “work 24 hours” with a view to unlocking the negotiation and facilitating the exit of the United Kingdom from the EU on October 31 as planned.

For the Community Executive, the summit of the Heads of State and Government of October 17 “will be an important milestone in the process,” in which the rest of 27 member states “remain united.”