Sunday 23 July 2017

Surprise gives way to concern in EU corridors of power

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: 'We are ready to talk. We are just waiting for visitors from London'. Picture: Reuters
European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: 'We are ready to talk. We are just waiting for visitors from London'. Picture: Reuters

Sarah Collins

First came surprise, but it swiftly gave way to concern as Europe got to grips with the results of the UK election. EU officials issued a series of barely concealed warnings to the UK to hurry up and get to the business of Brexit, one year on from the Leave vote.

"As far as the Commission is concerned, we can open negotiations tomorrow morning at 9.30. So we are waiting for visitors coming from London," said European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, who was attending an event in Prague. "I do hope that the result of the elections will have no major impact on the negotiations we are desperately waiting for."

The EU published its third set of negotiating texts earlier this month, focusing on citizens' rights and the UK's financial obligations.

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