Risk of no-deal Brexit ‘palpable’: EU Commission Head

Risk of no-deal Brexit ‘palpable’: EU Commission Head

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Brussels, Sep 18 : Amid the growing risk of a no-deal Brexit, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday that the risk of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a ratified agreement on the conditions for the exit remains in place, despite the measures taken by the country's authorities.

"The risk of a no-deal Brexit is palpable and Brussels needs operational proposals in writing from the UK government," Junkers said during a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. UK Parliament passed a law earlier in September that requires the prime minister to request a delay of the withdrawal if an agreement with the union is not made and approved by the involved parties before October 19.

However, should that scenario unfold, the council of the heads of state that remain within the union would have the final say in regards to granting the postponement. "The risk of a lack of agreement remains a reality," Politico Europe quoted Juncker saying.

The United Kingdom is expected to withdraw from the European Union by October 31, but it has so far failed to agree on the exit terms both with Brussels and internally. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly said that he was determined to observe the deadline, with or without a deal, despite there being a strong opposition to the no-deal scenario in parliament.

In the meantime, UK citizens, regardless of their views on their country leaving the European Union, are worried that a no-deal Brexit would bring about shortages of medicine and an increase in food prices.(UNI)