16:51 GMT +316 October 2018
Listen Live
    British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) is welcomed by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at the EC headquarters in Brussels, Belgium October 21, 2016.

    EU, UK Must Treat Each Other 'Like Two Loving Hedgehogs’ – Juncker

    © REUTERS / Yves Herman
    Europe
    Get short URL
    0 20

    A day after the end of the brief Salzburg summit, Brexit is continuing to dominate headlines in the UK. Campaigners are continuing to call for a second referendum, while the government is considering moving away from Theresa May’s Chequers plan.

    European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Friday the EU and Britain should treat one another like “loving hedgehogs” in Brexit talks, seemingly calling for a change in approach after the informal meeting at Salzburg ended in disappointment.

    “We have to be careful, like two loving hedgehogs. When two hedgehogs hug each other, you have to be careful that there will be no scratches,” Juncker said in an interview with Austrian dailies Die Presse and Salzburger Nachrichten on Friday.

    READ MORE: 'We Will Never Agree to Break Up Our Country' – UK PM May

    Juncker’s remark raised a few eyebrows online, and netizens joked about the analogy.

    ​With Britain set to exit the bloc next March and negotiators still failing to find common ground on a number of key issues, such as the post-Brexit Irish border, the UK is continuing to formulate and implement contingency plans to alleviate the adverse economic effects of crashing out of the union without a deal in place.

    Amid the seemingly derailed talks, campaigners have stepped up their efforts to get a second vote, but UK Prime Minister Theresa May ruled out a second referendum earlier this week, saying “this government will never accept a second referendum.”

    Another option that has been suggested it the extension of talks, effectively delaying Brexit, to give negotiators more time to agree terms. However, the government has also rejected the idea of postponing Brexit, insisting that the UK will leave the bloc in March 2019.

    READ MORE: UK Government Will Never Accept Second Referendum

    Related:

    Labour Party Could Enter Government By Backing Fresh Brexit Vote – Polls
    Brits React to EU Council President Tusk’s Mocking of UK PM’s Brexit Strategy
    EU Leaders Gang Up on Theresa May in Salzburg, Brace for No-Deal Brexit
    UK Ex-Brexit Secretary, ERG Group Ready to Derail May’s Chequers Plan - Reports
    Tags:
    referendum, trade, Brexit, UK Government, European Union, Jean-Claude Juncker, Theresa May, United Kingdom, Brussels
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik
    • Сomment