Failure to achieve a Brexit deal would be the only accountability of the UK, the president of the European Commission has stated.
Jean-Claude Juncker insisted he and the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier had been doing all they might to safe an settlement as a result of it could be a disaster for each Britain and Europe if there was no divorce settlement in place.
He additionally warned that negotiating a future commerce deal wouldn’t be straightforward within the occasion of a no-deal.
Mr Juncker’s feedback, made in an interview with a German newspaper, come as Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay and Mr Barnier meet in Brussels within the newest try and make progress in the direction of an settlement.
Downing Street has acknowledged there are nonetheless “significant obstacles” to reaching an settlement forward of the 31 October deadline however say “progress has been made”.
A Key sticking level within the talks stays agreeing a substitute for the Irish backstop – an insurance coverage coverage to cease a tough border returning on the island of Ireland.
Mr Juncker has beforehand instructed Sky News that he was ready to ditch the controversial contingency plan, however solely provided that “alternative arrangements [are put in place] allowing us and Britain to achieve the main objectives of the backstop.”
Speaking to the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper, Mr Juncker stated: “Our chief negotiator Michel Barnier and I are doing every part attainable to get an settlement.
“But if we do not succeed in the long run, the accountability would lie completely on the British aspect.”
He added: “We will need to and have to seal a free commerce settlement.
“But that will not occur similar to that, as some in Britain think about.
“Some of the commerce offers we sealed in my time period of workplace took a few years to achieve.”
The 64-year-old, who spent almost twenty years because the prime minister of Luxembourg, grew to become president of the fee 5 years in the past.
His time period finishes on 31 October, the identical day that the United Kingdom is because of go away the EU.