GARRYVOE, Ireland/LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday there was “the rough shape of a deal to be done” over Brexit, as he prepared to meet European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in a renewed push to reach an agreement.
Source: PM Johnson says ‘rough shape’ exists for Brexit deal – Reuters
Jean-Claude Juncker has raised the prospect of an emergency summit of EU leaders next week to decide on a Brexit delay, blaming ongoing chaos in Theresa May’s cabinet.
The European commission president said a letter from May requesting an extension to article 50, delaying the UK’s exit beyond 29 March, had not arrived overnight as expected.
Source: Juncker raises prospect of emergency Brexit summit next week | Politics | The Guardian
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is due to visit the United States on July 25, in a bid to add to improving EU-US relations, which were tarnished after President Donald Trump slapped import duties on steel and 10 percent duties on aluminum.
Speaking at the Carlos de Amberes Foundation in Madrid, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned that against the backdrop of a growing global population, Europe may finally “shrink” to the threshold when there will be no major states there.
Describing Europe as “the closest continent,” Juncker predicted that no EU member will make up more than one percent of the global population within the next few years.
Source: EU May Shrink to Point Where it No Longer Has Major States – Juncker – Sputnik International
Mr Seehofer appeared to back Theresa May as he blasted the European Commission’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier for declaring Britain will be excluded from counter-terrorism initiatives across the bloc once the UK leaves the EU.
In a penned letter to the European Commission, the first of its kind from a senior European politician, Mr Seehofer criticised the EU for its hard line in negotiations, warning their stance would prevent Bruseels from reaching an “unlimited” security deal once Britain leaves the bloc.
This comes after Mrs May was rejected by European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and other leaders during Brexit talks, when she insisted the commission’s plans to restrict cross-border security measures would risk lives.
Mr Barnier said the UK would be out of key crime-fighting and anti-terrorism initiatives, including Europol, the EU’s police intelligence agency, the Schengen information system, which enables members countries to transmit shared intel on criminals and missing people and the European Criminal Records Information System.
Source: Merkel’s minister BACKS Theresa May’s Brexit plan in shock EU intervention | UK | News | Express.co.uk