9/18, 9:43 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Juncker: Brexit deal is 'possible', risk 'palpable'

Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission's outgoing president, told members of the European Parliament on Wednesday that the safety net for the land border in Ireland, the so-called backstop, is still the sticking point in negotiations about the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union. He told legislators they would "hardly be surprised" that British Prime Minister is continuing to pursue an agreement for the split but that he insisted at their meeting his country would leave with or without it. "The risk of a no deal is palpable" and "real" but an agreement is "desirable and possible," the EU leader claimed.

He vowed to work non-stop and keep trying but noted "very little time" remained. Juncker asserted that he asked Johnson to "come forward with operational proposals in writing" as a crucial step toward an orderly Brexit. The talks on September 16 were "friendly, constructive and partly positive," he said. The head of the bloc's executive arm stated he has "no emotional attachment" to the backstop but that he would "stand by its objectives."

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