Brexit has been a ‘waste of time and energy’, EU’s Jean-Claude Juncker says – Sky News

Brexit has been a ‘waste of time and energy’, EU’s Jean-Claude Juncker says – Sky News

Brexit has been a “waste of time and energy” for the European Union, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said.

Addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Mr Juncker said it has “pained” him to have spent “so much” of his time in his role dealing with Britain’s departure from the bloc.

“A waste of time and a waste of energy,” he continued.

EU Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt was furious in his reaction to the delay in ratification of Boris Johnson's Brexit deal

Fuming EU Brexit chief slams Commons

“The commission has worked tirelessly to negotiate and renegotiate an agreement with the United Kingdom to respect the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.”

Mr Juncker said the EU could only ratify the Brexit deal that was agreed last week once it has been approved by British MPs.

“We need now to watch events in Westminster very closely, but it’s not possible, not imaginable that this parliament would ratify the agreement before Westminster has ratified the agreement,” Mr Juncker told MEPs.

“First London, then Brussels and Strasbourg,” Mr Juncker told MEPs.

European Council President Donald Tusk said he was discussing Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s request for a delay to Brexit with other EU leaders, with a decision set to be made “in the coming days”.

The request should be treated “in all seriousness”, he added.

Mr Tusk continued: “It is obvious that the result of these consultations will very much depend on what the British parliament decides or doesn’t decide.

“We should be ready for every scenario.

“But one thing must be clear. As I said to Prime Minister Johnson on Saturday, a no-deal Brexit will never be our decision.”

john bercow

Vote on PM’s deal denied by Speaker

The European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator, meanwhile, has suggested that ratification of the deal there was not a foregone conclusion.

Guy Verhofstadt suggested “all problems faced by EU27 nationals in the UK need to be solved” first.

He said his demands included no citizens being deported from Britain if they miss the deadline for settled status in order to prevent “another Windrush scandal”.

Mr Johnson managed to secure a new Brexit deal with the EU at a summit last week, setting the stage for a vote on Saturday on his withdrawal agreement.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on October 19, 2019. - British MPs gather on October 19 for a historic vote on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal, a decision that could see the UK leave the EU this month or plunge the country into fresh uncertainty. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP) (Photo by NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP via Getty Images)

Brexit recap: ‘Super Saturday’ cut short as MPs delay PM’s plans

But MPs approved an amendment which saw them withhold support for the PM’s deal, unless and until he has passed all necessary legislation to implement it.

Having come to office pledging to deliver Brexit at the end of this month, Mr Johnson formally requested a three-month delay on Saturday.

He was legally required to request this delay under the so-called “Benn Act” – the legislation passed by opposition MPs in September to prevent a no-deal Brexit.

On Monday, Speaker John Bercow rejected the PM’s attempt to stage a straight yes/no vote – a so-called “meaningful vote” – on the deal, as he cited a centuries-old convention.

:: Listen to Sophy Ridge on Sunday on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker

Now, the focus turns to the government’s Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which it wants to swiftly pass into law in time for the current Brexit deadline.

The legislation aims to enshrine the Brexit deal into UK law.

Mr Johnson has issued an eleventh-hour appeal to MPs to back the bill, despite complaints that he is trying to hurry it through without enough scrutiny.


  1. I simply want to say I am just newbie to blogging and absolutely liked you’re web blog. Very likely I’m want to bookmark your blog . You amazingly have beneficial well written articles. Many thanks for revealing your web page.

  2. Great work! That is the kind of information that should be shared across the net. Disgrace on the search engines for no longer positioning this post upper! Come on over and consult with my site . Thank you =)

  3. Hello! Would you mind if I share your blog with my facebook group? There’s a lot of folks that I think would really appreciate your content. Please let me know. Thank you

  4. Excellent goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous toand you’re just too excellent. I really like what you have acquired here, certainly like what you are saying and the way in which you say it.You make it entertaining and you still care forto keep it wise. I cant wait to read far more from you.This is really a wonderful site.

  5. Aw, this was a very nice post. In concept I want to put in writing like this moreover – taking time and actual effort to make a very good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and under no circumstances seem to get something done.

  6. What i do not realize is in reality how you’re now not actually a lot more smartly-preferred than you might be right now. You are so intelligent. You understand thus considerably when it comes to this matter, made me in my view believe it from so many varied angles. Its like men and women aren’t fascinated except it is one thing to do with Lady gaga! Your personal stuffs great. At all times maintain it up!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here