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Juncker says 'substantial progress' needed in Brexit talks

AFP  |  Paris 

Jean-Claude said Friday that "substantial progress" was needed in negotiations, particularly on the vexed issue of the Irish border.

"I want to believe that we will be able to find a deal with our British friends between the meeting next week and the possible one in November," told French newspaper

"We therefore need substantial progress, which we should be able to see next week," added, referring to a meeting of EU leaders in where Britain's exit from the is set to top the agenda.

Britain's has been invited to address fellow EU leaders on the eve of talks on her plans.

If she cannot convince them that she is able to deliver a deal that her European counterparts see as respecting the EU's joint rules on trade and investment, negotiations are expected to fall into crisis.

The biggest difficulty is the future trading and customs arrangement between Ireland, an EU member, and northern Ireland, a British territory that will leave the trading bloc in March next year along with the rest of the UK.

"The Irish question is obviously ultra difficult," Juncker said. "It's true that we are not where we need to be to be able to conclude. (But) it's not the EU that has imposed this debate on the British and Irish: it's the sovereign British decision that caused this difficulty.

"In any case, if finds itself in a situation that it can't accept what is being proposed, then we won't conclude. 'First'," he said.

Juncker said that the and member states were preparing for a potential "no deal" scenario that would see Britain crash out of the EU next March without legal agreements governing its relations with the rest of the bloc.

"Some (members) consider that we should do more (to prepare for a no deal"," Juncker said. "I have good reasons for not doing that: we are not insisting too much because it would be seen as a provocation in

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 20:20 IST