Juncker tells Britain: no-deal Brexit will hurt you the most

epa07740175 (FILE / COMPOSITE) - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (L) at the start of the weekly college meeting of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, 03 July 2019, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) arrives in Downing Street following his appointment by the Queen in London, Britain, 24 July 2019 (reissued 25 July 2019). New British Prime Minister Johnson and outgoing President of the European Commission Juncker are expected to have a telephone call on 25 July 2019 regarding the UK leaving the EU, dubbed Brexit. EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET/WILL OLIVER

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A no-deal Brexit would hurt Britain more than the rest of Europe no matter how much Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government pretends otherwise, outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in remarks published on Saturday in the Tiroler Tageszeitung newspaper.

Britain has been pressing the European Union to amend the terms of Britain’s withdrawal agreement, saying Brussels would have to take responsibility for a no-deal Brexit if it does not compromise.

But at the end of the day that would do the most harm to Britain, Juncker told the regional newspaper in the Austrian province of Tyrol, where he regularly spends his summer holiday.

He added that a hard Brexit is in no one’s interest and the British would be the big losers. He said British officials were acting as though that were not the case, but it is Juncker told the Tiroler Tageszeitung newspaper.

“We are fully prepared even though some in Britain say we are not well set up for a ‘no deal’. But I am not taking part in these little summer games,” said Juncker, who is due to be succeeded by German conservative Ursula von der Leyen once she has put together her Commission.

Via Reuters/ Tiroler Tageszeitung

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