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European Council: Tusk on Brexit: “we want to continue the talks”. No deal for now

(Brussels) “We want to continue the talks” in a “positive spirit” with “full trust” in our negotiator Michel Barnier. Donald Tusk commented on the outcome of the European Council on 17 and 18 October in a press conference. He did not have much to say about Brexit, but confirmed that an extraordinary European Council will be convened, “if and when decisive progress has been made” in the negotiations. For now, however, “not enough progress has been made”. He did not rule out an extension of the transition period (perhaps to the end of 2021) to allow better planning of the post-Brexit future relations between the EU and the UK. His words were echoed by the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker: “The extension of the transition period will probably happen. It is not the best idea, but it gives us some room to reach an agreement” with London which is good for all parties. Mr Juncker added: “A no-deal would be dangerous” for everyone. “A few points still need to be clarified”, but most of the negotiations have already been done.

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