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Belgium: 'We have a deal' - Juncker and Johnson announce new Brexit plan

Belgium, Brussels
October 17, 2019 at 13:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced that a deal had been reached on Brexit with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in Brussels on Thursday.

"We have a deal. And this deal means that there is no need for any kind of prolongation. This is a fair, balanced agreement. It is a testament to our commitment 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. There will be no border on the island of Ireland, and the single-market will be protected," said Juncker, flanked by Johnson during a press conference.

The head of the EC said that both the UK and the European Parliament need to vote on the deal for it to go in force, and that EU lawmakers would start their debates on November 1.

Johnson said that the deal "represents a very good deal" for both the UK and the EU.

"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, exporting our goods around the world, but it also means that we can take together as a single, a united Kingdom, decisions about our 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," he added.

In closing, Juncker said that he was "very happy" about the deal, but that he was "sad about Brexit."

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced that a deal had been reached on Brexit with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in Brussels on Thursday.

"We have a deal. And this deal means that there is no need for any kind of prolongation. This is a fair, balanced agreement. It is a testament to our commitment 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. There will be no border on the island of Ireland, and the single-market will be protected," said Juncker, flanked by Johnson during a press conference.

The head of the EC said that both the UK and the European Parliament need to vote on the deal for it to go in force, and that EU lawmakers would start their debates on November 1.

Johnson said that the deal "represents a very good deal" for both the UK and the EU.

"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, exporting our goods around the world, but it also means that we can take together as a single, a united Kingdom, decisions about our 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," he added.

In closing, Juncker said that he was "very happy" about the deal, but that he was "sad about Brexit."

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