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STRASBOURG (Reuters) – European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will say on Wednesday that Britain should not expect EU negotiators to soften demands as they try to conclude a Brexit divorce treaty but he will reaffirm an offer of a close future partnership, a senior EU official said.
The EU chief executive will touch only briefly on Britain’s impending withdrawal from the bloc in a keynote State of the European Union address to the European Parliament, he said.
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And he dismissed suggestions that EU leaders might rejig their instructions for chief negotiator Michel Barnier when they meet May in Austria next week as both sides try to conclude a treaty that can be ratified by the two parliaments well ahead of March 29 when Britain is due to leave the EU, deal or no deal.
Among the toughest issues left to solve is how to avoid a disruptive new UK-EU land border on the island of Ireland.
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To suggest there is a softening of the EU position was to give a “wrong signal”, said the official, who is...
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