UK EU’s Juncker “not very optimistic” about Brexit deal

EU’s Juncker “not very optimistic” about Brexit deal

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker meets with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium February 20, 2019.

 Europe’s chief executive said on Thursday he was “not very optimistic” about Britain’s chances of leaving the European Union with a deal, also warning that any failure to agree an orderly Brexit deal will be economically costly.

“If no deal were to happen, and I cannot exclude this, this would have terrible economic and social consequences in Britain and on the continent, so my efforts are oriented in a way that the worst can be avoided. But I am not very optimistic when it comes to this issue,” said Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who met British Prime Minister Theresa May in Brussels on Wednesday.

“Because in the British parliament every time they are voting, there is a majority against something, there is no majority in favour of something,” he told a plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).