- Title: Brexit deal is "reasonable, fair", Johnson says
- Date: 17th October 2019
- Summary: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (OCTOBER 17, 2019) (REUTERS) EUROPEAN COMMISSION, JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER, AND BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, BORIS JOHNSON, WALKING TO ROOM FOR MEDIA STATEMENT (SOUNDBITE) (English) EUROPEAN COMMISSION, JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER, SAYING: "We have a deal and this deal means that there is no need for any kind of prolongation. This is a fair, a balanced agreement. It is testament to our agreement to finding solutions. It provides certainty where Brexit creates uncertainty. It protects the rights of our citizens and it protects peace and stability on the island of Ireland." BRITISH AND EUROPEAN FLAGS (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, BORIS JOHNSON, SAYING: "Thank you, Jean-Claude, and can I pay a particular tribute to you, Jean-Claude, and also of course to Michel Barnier and all your team, Michel, in the negotiating team in the Commission. And I do think this deal represents a very good deal both for the EU and for the UK and it's a reasonable, fair outcome and reflects the large amount of work that's been undertaken by both sides. I agree very much, Jean-Claude with what you said about protecting the peace process in the island of Ireland and in Northern Ireland. And of course for us in the UK it means that we can deliver a real Brexit that achieves our objectives and it means that the UK leaves whole and entire on October 31 and it means that Northern Ireland and every other part of the UK can take part, not just in free trade deals, offering our tariffs and exporting our goods around the world -- but it also means that we can take together as a single, United Kingdom, decisions about the future, about our laws, our borders, our money and how we want to run the UK. And those decisions will be taken in the UK by elected representatives of the people of the UK. And I hope very much now -- speaking of elected representatives -- that my fellow MPs in Westminster do now come together to get Brexit done, to get this excellent deal over the line and to deliver Brexit without any more delay so that we can focus on the priorities of the British people: improving our health service, investing in 20,000 more police, lifting up the living wage and many, many other things. And Jean-Claude I just want to conclude by agreeing wholeheartedly with your final point. Now is the moment for us to get Brexit done and then together to work on building our future partnership which I think can be incredibly positive both for the UK and for the EU." BRITISH AND EU FLAGS JUNCKER SHOUTING INTO MICROPHONE AT END OF NEWS CONFERENCE, LEAVING / FLAGS JUNCKER AND JOHNSON POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS IN FRONT OF FLAGS
- Embargoed: 31st October 2019 13:19
- Keywords: Brexit deal johnson reaction Juncker reaction
- Location: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
- City: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
- Country: Belgium
- Topics: European Union,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001B1HKXMV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson commended a Brexit deal reached by negotiators as on Thursday (October 17) and urged lawmakers to approve it at the weekend.
After intense negotiations in the run-up to a summit of EU leaders, Johnson and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced that they had struck a deal.
Juncker said the deal meant there was no need for a further extension, although any decision would have to be made by the member states.
In a session on Saturday, the first since 1982, the British parliament will vote on Johnson's deal, with Britain set to leave the EU on October 31. The DUP says it can't support Johnson's Brexit deal and Johnson's Conservatives do not have a majority in the 650-seat House of Commons.
(Production: Christian Levaux, Johnny Cotton)
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